Buckley, Jr., Wm. F.
September 1977
National Review;9/30/1977, Vol. 29 Issue 38, p1132
The article focuses on opposition to the Panama Canal Treaty by U.S. presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, lawyer Herman Phleger and the organization Young Americans for Freedom. The main argument of Reagan was that the U.S. negotiated this treaty under duress. It has been stated that the Panama Canal is simply not defensible against sabotage or missile-bombing. The people of Panama would have to take an initiative to protect it against sabotage. The Canal can be defended by guarding the sea and air approaches to it. Under this Treaty, Panamanians undertake to guarantee passage to all shipping at non-discriminatory rates. In turn, the U.S. will charge a yearly $50-million rental. Colonialism is another major objection in Panama. Reagan has also referred publicly about a letter addressed to President Jimmy Carter by former chiefs of naval operations. They wanted to retain jurisdiction over the Canal Zone and deny the use of the waterways to others in wartime.


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