Nicaragua: Better Behavior

Scaring the Sandinistas

By supporting the rebels opposed to Nicaragua's Marxist government, is the U.S. trying merely to harass the Sandinistas or to topple their government? Whatever the objective, a new CIA assessment provided to congressional oversight committees argues that the 10,000 to 12,000 U.S.-backed contras simply lack the training, financing and political support required to overthrow the Sandinistas. The secret report, details of which emerged last week, noted that the guerrillas would be thwarted by Nicaragua's superior army and militia, which total some 100,000 troops.

Other analysts have already said as...

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