The Americas: Silent Disenchantment

Flying back into Washington after three weeks in Latin America, Kennedy Brain-truster Arthur Schlesinger Jr. had cheery tidings. During his six-country tour with the President's Food for Peace mission, Schlesinger had found that support for Castro was fading fast among Latin American statesmen, labor leaders and intellectuals, even though he still has student support. "A year ago." said Schlesinger, "Castro struck many Latin Americans as a symbol of social change. Now he seems to them a symbol of a Communist bridgehead in the hemisphere."

Schlesinger found, as others have before him, that many of Latin America's leaders in private are ready...

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