Essay: In Central America, No Quick Fix

For a long time to come, Central America is likely to be testing U.S. patience. Unfortunately, that very quality has been missing in American foreign policy. Impatience is the dark side of a whole cluster of Yankee virtues. Confronted with intractable, ambiguous challenges in other lands, America's cando, problem-solving, troubleshooting instincts twitch in an often misguided quest for the quick fix. Got a problem? Send in a military governor or a proconsul or a special envoy. Still got a problem? Send money. Still got a problem? Send in the Rough Riders, or the...

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