Once More into the Breach

Reagan renews his bid for military aid to "freedom fighters"

"You can't fight attack helicopters with humanitarian aid." With that observation to a group of influential Republican Senators last week, President Reagan signaled his determination to renew the battle over U.S. military aid for the contra forces fighting the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. Although Congress has prohibited such aid since 1984, Reagan plans to request as much as $100 million to support what he frequently refers to as "freedom fighters" in Nicaragua. At least $60 million would be in military aid, the rest in humanitarian supplies. The decision to carry the fight to Capitol Hill once more stemmed from a Jan....

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