Nicaragua Sending Signals - or Smoke?

In an interview with TIME, Ortega says he's ready to make peace and compromise on virtually all U.S. complaints

Of all the legacies Ronald Reagan bequeathed to George Bush, few are as vexing as Nicaragua. Stripped of all its rhetoric, the Reagan Administration's policy was entirely geared to overthrowing the Sandinista regime. Put simply, it made no sense to negotiate with the Marxist-Leninist Sandinistas when the only deal the U.S. wanted was their abdication. And besides, they couldn't be trusted to live up to any agreement. Eight years, $250 million and one contra % army later, the Sandinistas are still in power. It was one of Reagan's starkest foreign policy failures, producing neither a military victory nor a diplomatic breakthrough.


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