In the Gunboat Tradition

At his press conference last week President Reagan played down the importance of the U.S. troop maneuvers to be conducted jointly with Honduras over the next six months and the unilateral Navy operations now under way off both coasts of Nicaragua. "We have conducted joint exercises with Latin American countries on a regular basis since 1965," he said. That is indeed the case. He went on to add, "These are maneuvers of the kind we've been holding regularly." On that point there can be some debate.

The current naval operations involve two American aircraft-carrier...

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