Essay: Whose Foreign Policy Is It Anyway?

The Arias peace plan signed in Guatemala by five Central American Presidents has made one certain contribution to the endless debate about contra aid: a new vocabulary. All sides must now make their case in the ritual language of the Guatemala accord. Opponents of contra aid say they are simply fulfilling the part that calls for an end to outside aid to insurgents. (Cutting off Nicaraguan aid to the Salvadoran insurgents is left to the appropriate Nicaraguan parliamentary committees.) The Administration, for its part, portrays contra aid as a mere "insurance policy" to save the peace plan in case the Sandinistas...

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