Argentina: Where the Action Is

There was a full Cabinet meeting last week in Argentina. That would not be unusual in most countries, but it set a precedent for President Arturo Illia, a onetime country doctor, who has always received his ministers separately or in groups of two or three. Only once before in his 21 years in office had he called in the entire Cabinet, and that was to pay formal tribute to John F. Kennedy after his assassination. So what was the occasion last week?

As usual in Argentina, it was the possibility of a military coup. Dissatisfied with Illia's laissez-faire philosophy of...