Marxist - dominated Sandinista revolutionaries have seized power in Nicaragua; Cuban influence is growing in the islands of the eastern Caribbean; Panama takes over the Canal Zone on October 1 - peacefully or not. No wonder U.S. policy makers are deeply concerned over what is occurring throughout the vast Caribbean basin, an area of enormous importance to America's security. "Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out" (Deuteronomy 28:19). What better description could there be of the mounting dilemmas confronting the United States? America is a nation adrift, confused, virtually leaderless, stumbling and careening from one crisis to the next. On the home front, the list of ills are legion, compounded by an all pervasive energy crisis that threatens to grind the American economy to a halt. In the international arena, the United States, traumatized as a result of Vietnam and fearful of projecting its power, appears afraid to act. Washington is a source of great wonderment to both friend and foe alike.
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