Resurgence of Military Influence in Area
Spring Meeting of the American Presidents
The military of Latin America—single most important factor in the political life of the countries to the south since the days of the conquistadores—appear to be returning to their habit of assuming direct control of governments in the region. The mounting trend toward military rule follows a period during which the armed forces generally were content to exercise strong influence on civilian governments from the sidelines instead of ousting the civilians and putting their own men in power.
The resurgence of military rule has been accompanied by the re-entry of several Latin nations into the market for advanced weapons and military equipment, particularly jet aircraft. Washington and a number of Latin American capitals have shown ...