Panama: Just Like The Old Days

Just Like The Old Days

Eight months after Operation Just Cause sent U.S. troops into Panama to overthrow General Manuel Noriega, the government of President Guillermo Endara seemed to be on the verge of imploding. A wave of murders, muggings and robberies spread through Panama City last week, while the quibbling among Endara and his two Vice Presidents reached new levels.

State Department officials are concerned about the fate of the government, but right now the Bush Administration would like Panama's leaders to stop their squabbling and take aim at such pressing problems as unemployment. During the Noriega crisis, analysts said toppling the dictator would be...

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