CHILE: Scenario for Chaos

For the 22nd time in only three years, Chile's Marxist President Salvador Allende Gossens formed a new Cabinet last week. Allende euphemistically described the latest reshuffle as a "readjustment" in his government. By any name, it was unlikely to have much impact on a long-running crisis that has pushed Chile into political chaos and to the verge of economic bankruptcy.

Within the past two weeks, three high-ranking military officers have resigned from the Cabinet. To prove to his countrymen—and perhaps to himself—that he still enjoys the confidence of the military, Allende included...

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