Florida: Victory For a Terrorist

Victory For a Terrorist

"The Venezuelans stiffed us. They really did." The Bush Administration official was complaining about how Venezuelan authorities placed Orlando Bosch, a convicted anti-Castro Cuban terrorist, on an airliner bound for Miami in February 1988. His arrival in the U.S. presented the Reagan Administration with a quandary: lock Bosch up or free a man widely seen as a hero in Florida's Cuban-exile community?

For more than two years, Reagan and Bush officials tried to avoid facing the issue. They treated the former pediatrician, now 63, mainly as an immigration problem, keeping him jailed in Miami as an "excludable alien" while trying to...

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