El Salvador: A Lot of Show, but No Tell

The U.S. bungles its evidence of foreign subversion in El Salvador

There were briefings and consultations, complete with spy-plane pictures and closed-door revelations of secret intercepts.

It may have been the most intense national security information campaign since President Kennedy went public with graphic documentation of the Cuban missile threat 20 years ago. The purpose of the blitz was to convince skeptics of the correctness of the Administration's approach to the critical problems of El Salvador and its neighbors—namely, that the struggles in Central America are not simply indigenous revolts but rather are...

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