America Abroad: Operation Mismatch

Operation Mismatch

It is only natural that a red-blooded American who has repeatedly been called a wimp should derive a certain satisfaction from the sudden accusation that he is actually a bully. Hence the strutting, how-do-you-like-them-apples? comments coming from the White House just after the invasion of Panama.

But the Bush Administration soon adopted a more seemly tone -- restrained, conciliatory, even a tad remorseful about the earlier chest pounding. Legal experts warned that official American name calling might jeopardize the prosecution's case against Manuel Noriega. But there was another reason for George Bush's eagerness to put away the big stick and start...

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