This Ain't Viet Nam

The shoeless Ambassador reclines on a chaise longue that is covered with classified cables. In a Churchillian pose, he holds a thick cigar in one hand and shoos away his old English sheep dog, Wellington, with the other. Deane Hinton then offers TIME'S Timothy Loughran some frank views on his two-year stint as envoy to El Salvador and the aims of U.S. policy there:

Q. Are you becoming more encouraged or discouraged as the conflict continues?

A. Sometimes you get a little discouraged and weary. But we have the policy basically right. We have to have patience and perseverance. I've had my problems...

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