Panama Once More To the Rescue

The U.S. helps Endara, but also shows just how weak he is

American soldiers were back on the streets of Panama last week, called in by President Guillermo Endara to quell a rebellion led by the former chief of Panama's national police. The U.S. troops quickly ended the revolt and turned its leader, Colonel Eduardo Herrera Hassan, over to local authorities. Yet this time there was none of the euphoria that followed the U.S. Army's ouster of General Manuel Noriega almost exactly one year ago. And the incident raised doubts about U.S. efforts to nurture a democratic government capable of coping without American help.

Last week's drama began after several Herrera loyalists posing...

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