Central America Back to Square One

The U.S. is disappointed in the outcome of El Salvador's election, but Bush and Congress get their act together on Nicaragua

The wars in Central America have never had much in common except for the angst they give the U.S. And so it was not really surprising that the same week that saw a daunting shift to the right in El Salvador also brought forth the first bipartisan U.S. policy toward Nicaragua this decade. The Bush Administration seems unsure how to manage the collapse of the long U.S. effort to build a strong centrist government in El Salvador. But it has accomplished a sharp break with the Reaganite past in cementing an accord with the Democratic Congress to wind down the futile...

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