Nicaragua: Life in the Bunker Republic

As Uncle Sam gets bellicose, the Sandinistas grow sullen

For weeks, Secretary of State Alexander Haig, White House Counsellor Edwin Meese and other senior U.S. officials have been issuing a series of increasingly bellicose warnings about the behavior of Nicaragua's Marxist Sandinista government. The U.S. is concerned about what Haig calls the "drift toward totalitarianism" of the Nicaraguan regime, the presence of some 1,500 Cuban military advisers in the country and the role of Nicaragua in supporting the left-wing guerrillas in El Salvador. Haig is also irked by Nicaragua's own heavy arms buildup,...

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