Essay: Should the U.S. Support the Contras?

Round 6, is it? President Reagan wants $105 million from Congress for next year's aid for the Nicaraguan contras. Congressionial Democrats are moving now to block $40 million of this year's aid. We revisit the debate that will not die: Should the U.S. support the Nicaraguan resistance?

Congress is hardly the most finely honed instrument for making decisions of this kind. On the question of contra aid, Congress has returned answers, consecutively, of yes, yes, no, a bit, and -- last year -- yes again. (It was during the two years of "no" and "a bit" -- 1984 through 1986, when...

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