Argentina: Looking for Supermen

No Latin American country had ever seen anything quite like it. Summoned to the presidential villa in the Buenos Aires suburb of Olivos, 161 top officials and military men in President Juan Carlos Onganía's government appeared as ordered and took their seats in the villa's cavernous recreation hall. When everyone had settled down, Ongania walked briskly to a lectern at the front of the room. He fixed his audience with a steely glare.

"The self-evaluation to be carried out here," Onganía said, "is not an evaluation of accomplishment." With that, he lashed out...