Mexico Shaking Hands, Not Fists

To ease tension and mistrust, two Presidents take aim at the drug trade

When Presidente Carranza, the Mexican President's Boeing 727, took off for Washington last week, the mood among the Mexican Cabinet members inside was decidedly buoyant. True, the last four meetings between Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado and Ronald Reagan had ended with both leaders, who enjoy warm personal relations, agreeing to disagree on most issues. True, since their last meeting in January, the collapse in the price of oil, the major export of Mexico, had pitched the country deeper into its worst economic plight in 50 years. True, the crisis had aggravated pressures on Mexico's northern border and brought...

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