El Salvador Stricken President, Ailing Country

Duarte has cancer -- and the U.S. faces the possibility of another policy failure

"I have been a man of crisis, a man of battle, a fighting man. Now God has given me this one test more." With those words, a tearful Jose Napoleon Duarte bade farewell to friends, boarded a U.S. military transport and lifted off last week from San Salvador's Ilopango air force base. Seven hours later, the President of El Salvador checked into Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington to face his latest -- and most daunting -- challenge. Before leaving El Salvador, he had announced, "I have a bleeding ulcer in the stomach of a malignant character." Medical tests conducted...

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