War on The Installment Plan

Time and money may be running out for the contras

It has been a long winter of discontent for the contras. First there was the allegation last November that funds from U.S. arms sales to Iran had been illegally diverted to bank accounts held by the rebels fighting Nicaragua's Sandinista regime. Since that bombshell, congressional criticism of the U.S.-backed contra movement has mounted. Now a power struggle within the rebel leadership may further damage the cause.

Amid the turmoil, the Reagan Administration must try to persuade the new Democratic Congress this week to release the last installment of $100 million in aid that was granted to the contras last year. To...

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