Dominican Republic: The Cease-Fire That Never Was

To visitors at the White House last week, President Johnson quoted a new version of a Latin American slogan: "Constitutionalism, sí! Communism, no!" It was a slogan that exactly described the U.S. position in the Dominican Republic's civil war. Yet in a week of deepening frustration, every U.S. and OAS effort to bring the rival factions peacefully together in some sort of non-Communist coalition, constitutional government was destined to fail. Despite an official ceasefire, the war went on, with mounting casualties on all sides.

As his special envoy, President Johnson sent John...

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