El Salvador: Mixed Signals

Confusion over a tough speech

In an unusually blunt address two weeks ago, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Deane Hinton angered conservative Salvadoran businessmen by warning them that U.S. military and economic aid could be cut off if the country did not improve its record on human rights. Last week the Administration issued conflicting signals on whether the speech actually represented U.S. policy. "The President himself had questions about it," a senior White House aide said privately. "We drew him [Hinton] up pretty short."

Trouble is, there is little evidence that Hinton was...

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