Dominican Republic: Responsibility & Deadlock

The initials were printed on armbands and steel helmets, on flags and on the hoods of patrolling Jeeps. "OEA," the Spanish abbreviation for the Organization of American States, signaled a growing hemispheric presence and new responsibility in the scarred city of Santo Domingo.

In seven weeks of sporadic fighting and tortured negotiations, the U.S., acting largely alone, had managed to impose a shaky truce between the loyalist forces of Brigadier General Antonio Imbert Barreras and the collection of rebellious soldiers, discontented civilians and Communist infiltrators led by Colonel Francisco Caamaño Deñó. Now...

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