Distemper over Central America

After Shultz and lawmakers tangle, the prospects for aid dim

The point of contention was familiar: U.S. military and economic aid to Central America. So were the adversaries: Secretary of State George Shultz and members of Congress. And so were the results: election-year posturing and exploding tempers. Only this time the shouting on Capitol Hill was not merely for effect. The Administration's urgent requests for emergency military aid to the government of El Salvador and for the contra rebels fighting Nicaragua's Sandinista regime were clearly in peril.

Last week's flare-up occurred during hearings by...

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