War Power

By act of his subservient Congress, Dominican Dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo last week became the hemisphere's only chief of state empowered to declare war whenever he sees fit. Technically, this meant that he could strike fast at any Caribbean state harboring Dominican exiles and others plotting against him. He could shoot first, then ask or answer questions in the Organization of American States afterwards.

In three years, shouted Trujillo to the Congress, two invasions had been launched against him, and a third was being plotted now in Cuba. To defend himself, he had had to spend $20 million for guns,...

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