Congress Shows Its Impatience

Shows Its Impatience With an artful ploy, it registers coolness toward the contras

The contras have always had to fight a war on two fronts: at home, against the Soviet-supplied guns of the Sandinistas, and in Washington, against the doubts and fears of U.S. legislators. To some extent they have been caught in a Catch-22. Their failure to win military victories and popular support in Nicaragua has resulted in fitful and inconsistent support from Congress. That has made it difficult for the contras to do more than irritate the Sandinistas. Now, just as the contras seem ready to galvanize their military efforts with a new supply of direct U.S. aid, they find themselves caught...

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