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Reagan Orders Troops into Honduras
As part of his continuing effort to put pressure on the leftist (my bold) Sandinista government in Nicaragua, President Ronald Reagan orders over 3,000 U.S. troops to Honduras, claiming that Nicaraguan soldiers had crossed its borders….
Since taking office in 1981, the Reagan administration had used an assortment of means to try to remove the leftist Sandinista government of Nicaragua. President Reagan charged that the Sandinistas were pawns of the Soviet Union and were establishing a communist beachhead in the Western Hemisphere, though there was little evidence to support such an accusation.
I know there was a USA/USSR Cold War and I know it was real. For America, at least, paranoia dominated common sense. The eventual demise of the Soviet Union could not have been predicted–heck, not even the CIA and other vaunted intelligence agencies failed to see it coming. How could
Nancy Ronald Reagan have foreseen it.
Nonetheless, Reagan’s administration used economic and diplomatic pressure attempting to destabilize the Sandinista regime.
Destabilizing regimes hasn’t done much good for anyone. See: Iraq, Libya, Somalia. And attempts at destabilization haven’t worked at all. See: Cuba for a half-centur and Syria today.
Reagan poured millions of dollars of U.S. military and economic aid into the so-called “Contras” …
Reagan is praised effusively by today’s neoconservatives for increasing the defense budget–in my view, at the expense of social programs and infrastructure projects. Where else did he “pour millions of dollars” of U.S. taxpayer money?
Righties would have us believe that Reagan single handedly dismantled the Soviet Union and he, himself, demolished the Berlin Wall. Poppycock.
By 1988 … the Contra program was coming under severe criticism from both the American people and Congress. Many Americans came to see the Contras as nothing more than terrorist mercenaries, and Congress had acted several times to limit the amount of U.S. aid to the Contras.
But American style democracy is not that simple. Not for a misunderstood saint like Reagan.
In an effort to circumvent Congressional control, the Reagan administration engaged in what came to be known as the Iran-Contra Affair, in which arms were illegally (my bold) and covertly sold to Iran in order to fund the Contras…. On the very day that Reagan sent U.S. troops to Honduras, his former national security advisor John Poindexter and former National Security staffer Lt. Col. Oliver North were indicted by the U.S. government for fraud and theft related to Iran-Contra.
Indicted for fraud and theft, a civilian National Security advisor and an active Lt. Col. in the USMC. Woe is them … but, no! Poindexter writes books, North is one of the heroes Fox News celebrates as a “real” American, and Reagan lies reposed in his own mythology.
The New York Times reported that the Honduran government could not even confirm whether Sandinista troops had actually crossed its borders, and Nicaragua steadfastly denied that it had entered Honduran territory. Whatever the truth of the matter, the troops stayed for a brief time and were withdrawn. The Sandinista government remained unfazed.
What did we gain? What did we learn? We, whoever we are, claim to be a country governed by “rule of law.” How Pollyannish! We are actually governed by selective rule of law. Check the prison rosters bloated by pot smokers; absent are the Oliver Norths of the country and, to a much greater degree, those bums on Wall Street whose unfettered greed came close to ruining us.
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