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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

The Salvador Option

A lot has been made in the past 2 days about the USA considering what has been termed the "Salvador Option."

Now, NEWSWEEK has learned, the Pentagon is intensively debating an option that dates back to a still-secret strategy in the Reagan administration’s battle against the leftist guerrilla insurgency in El Salvador in the early 1980s. Then, faced with a losing war against Salvadoran rebels, the U.S. government funded or supported "nationalist" forces that allegedly included so-called death squads directed to hunt down and kill rebel leaders and sympathizers.

Um, we aren't already doing this??? Isn't this what we're supposed to be doing???

How else are we to root out the baathist leaders and money-men in Syria? Now that it obvious that we are not a physical threat to the Syrian regime, they obviously have lost any incentive to cooperate.

American threats at Syria have produced few results. Syria officially denies that these Iraqis are in Syria, even though many are seen there from time to time, slipping out of their hiding places to run an errand, or just get a momentary change of scenery. Syria has made a show of “closing the border” recently. But what they have actually done is to be more discreet in getting Baath money, weapons and al Qaeda volunteers across the border into Iraq.

hat tip, Instapundit


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