Essay: Bringing a Third Force to Bear

In her history Nicaragua: Revolution in the Family, Shirley Christian tells of a meeting eight months before the fall of President Anastasio Somoza of Nicaragua. Two of President Carter's top Latin American advisers urged that Somoza be forced out quickly to permit creation of a new, moderate government before the Sandinistas could pick up the pieces. Other advisers were opposed, including Robert Pastor of the National Security Council. He recalls, "Pete (Viron Vaky) felt we could and should force out Somoza in the fall of '78, and I felt that we couldn't and shouldn't . . . I felt that Carter...

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