Central America a Pounding Fist, a Firm Warning

In Washington and Managua, frustrations and taunts

Ronald Reagan showed last week that beneath his affable facade beats the heart of an exasperated politician. At a meeting at the White House, the President once more called upon a group of Republican legislators to support his Administration's request for aid to the Nicaraguan rebels, known as the contras. Even as he spoke, Reagan knew that despite his pleas, Congress would not pass a military-aid bill for the rebels. The President reportedly pounded his fist on the table.* "We have got to get where we can run a foreign policy without a committee of 535 telling us what we can...

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