Red Carpet for an African Rebel

Jonas Savimbi's U.S. visit rekindles controversy over Angola

He swept into Washington like a head of state, wearing a tailored Nehru suit and traveling around town in a silver stretch limo dubbed "Jonas' whale" by Washington wags. Seeking U.S. support for his 28,000-strong guerrilla army, he was formally received by Secretary of State George Shultz, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and, finally, President Reagan. With the help of a high-powered public relations firm, he appeared on Public Television's MacNeil/ Lehrer NewsHour and ABC's Nightline and Good Morning America to plead his cause against Angola's Marxist regime and their Cuban and Soviet sponsors. At a national Conservative convention in Washington,...

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