National Affairs: No Breath

A fortnight ago, in a swivet of anti-Yanqui hysteria, Panama's National Assembly unanimously rejected the U.S.-proposed treaty for 14 defense bases on Panamanian territory. Last week, to Panama's astonishment, the U.S. promptly ordered its armed forces to vacate all bases outside the U.S.-controlled Canal Zone, including the big bomber base at Rio Hata.

The Army & Navy were confident they would be asked back—but not until after the national elections next June. Meantime, not even Panama's hottest hothead could find the breath to yell "Yanqui imperialism !"

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