Gleijeses, Piero
June 1983
Foreign Affairs;Summer83, Vol. 61 Issue 4, p1048
This article focuses on the efforts of the U.S. to provide military assistance to Central American countries. The administration of U.S. President Ronald Reagan came into power confident of its ability to impose its will on Central America. The administration emphasized that the course of U.S. policy in El Salvador would influence American prestige and credibility throughout the world. However, rather than projecting an image of strength and resolve, U.S. involvement in El Salvador betrays weakness and lack of purpose. The record of the Salvadoran regime in human rights and social reforms remain dismal. Direct U.S. military intervention and military victory appear unacceptable to a majority of Americans. Critics of the Reagan administration seek to strengthen the political center in El Salvador. Repression, corruption and lack of social reforms deepen the regime's isolation, weaken its war effort and make it difficult for the U.S. to provide military and economic assistance. Critics claim the U.S. needs to exert greater pressure to force the Salvadoran regime to respect human rights, implement social reforms and conduct elections to end hostilities in the country.


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