air war in Central America
Target: Sandinista military buildup
In 1984, Robert Gates, then the deputy director of intelligence, offered a "straight talk" memo to his boss, CIA Director William J. Casey, that endorsed supporting the Contra rebels in Nicaragua with a "comprehensive campaign openly aimed at bringing down the [Sandinista] regime." Among the "politically most difficult" measures Gates proposed were "the use of air strikes to destroy a considerable portion of Nicaragua's military buildup."
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