Playing for High Stakes

Reagan dispatches more "trainers"to El Salvador

The distinctive whack-whacking of a helicopter's rotors broke the still air above the sleepy little town of La Union in eastern El Salvador last week. When it landed, out stepped five U.S. Navy men in civilian dress—the latest contingent of "trainers" sent to El Salvador by Washington. The next day, four men in a gray Toyota pickup truck swerved past the U.S. embassy in San Salvador and raked the bunker-like building with gunfire. No one was injured, no shots were fired back, and the truck quickly sped off....

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