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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - January 1, 1983, Tokyo, Japan Pacific stars and stripes 3 january 1983 Al Salvador the Handiwork of leftist Road to nowhere t he slow and frustrating fight in Al a Central american Republic that strategists viewed As the Keystone of some fragile turned in circles to nowhere in 1982 and some openly doubted the Wisdom of american i do not think that the present course is Likely to Lead to said former Secretary of state Henry the one thing the United states absolutely cannot afford is to get involved in another military uprising that is was despite the warning of Many courting a second run of Vietnam in its own hemisphere about 50 americans had been sent to Al Salvador As the Pentagon not but As Early As it was reported that some of them were carrying did that make them something other than helpful bystanders in this strange War the defense department insisted that they were not and have not been involved in combat to most the clash of issues was clearly apparent the strategic importance of troubled territory close to the Panama particularly in the face of a soviet backed buildup in leftist versus ruinous involvement in a no headway War that might already be the country righting personified by a military held the seat but not necessarily the reins of too that appeared to belong to a Shadow army of leftist guerrillas who were easily supplied from Nicaragua and moved through Jungle As thick and tangled As salvadoran the rightists seemed legally fastened in by the results of a March but the Reagan administration was openly disappointed that the moderate Christian democrats were reduced to presidential envoy Vernon Walters was unsuccessful in urging Roberto d the salvadoran army major who to form an Al parties As there a government within a government the salvadoran National Backbone of the loyalist was accused of resorting to terrorism to control the Seething thousands of salvadorans were some some ambassador Deane Hinton called the guardsmen thugs and said their excesses could result in Al Salvador being pulled off the military Aid you dont have to kill people in the Hinton you dont have to decapitate whatever tactics the loyalists were they appeared to do Little an october offensive into Northern Al Salvador men backed by american made helicopters and ground support jets yielded nothing but a grisly Harvest of government the salvadoran government faced periodic audit of its human rights conduct in the next report due and there was the possibility that the Aid faucet million a year could be shut Haig president Secretary of state Alexander Haig resigned june ending 521 Days in which the former fourstar general was said to have fought rivals in Washington harder than he did political adversaries Haig singled out no specifics for his which observers noted As sudden but hardly he said Only that he Felt american foreign of which he wanted to be a free handed lacked clarity and steadiness of for every one of the almost 18 months he some Issue placing him at Odds with other administration officials was before he clashed with defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and both of president reagans National Security William Clark and resigned Richard As 1982 began and the falklands crisis heated Haig collided with United nations ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick she claiming that Haig was too he replying that Kirkpatrick leaned too far toward the South when key administration officials nodded along with reagans decision to impose sanctions on european countries that backed the eur soviet Haig advanced the minority fone View that this could alienate allies by prying into their internal but the final crisis that pushed Haigs decision was said to have been his Sharp disagreement with Reagan Over the israeli invasion of reports said that while Reagan deplored the drive to Beirut As Haig Felt that the israelis would Best be left alone to finish the Job smash the Palestine liberation organization and leave an Independent Lebanon As a Core of stability in the differences Between the Captain of the ship of state and the navigator of his foreign policy could hardly have been Days Haig 16 year in review

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