NY Times: Gates Advocated Air Strikes on Nicaragua

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 1984, Robert Gates, then the No. 2 CIA official, advocated U.S. airstrikes against Nicaragua’s pro-Cuban government to reverse what he described as an ineffective U.S. strategy to deal with communist advances in Central America, previously classified documents say.

Gates, President Bush’s nominee to be defense secretary, said the United States could no longer justify what he described as ”halfhearted” attempts to contain Nicaragua’s Sandinista government, according to documents released Friday by the National Security Archive, a private research group. . .

Yikes, I’m amazed that Bush would nominate this man. I sure hope the Democratic-led Congress does its job and shoots down this horrible nomination. (I’m not holding my breath)