Managua, Day 5: American tax dollars at work

From this morning´s La Prensa, from an item titled, “More support for the Navy”:

The United States Government donated $40 million to the [Nicaraguan] naval forces for various projects intended to improve its operating capacities in the fight against narcotics trafficking. Yesterday in Bluefields [an eastern coastal city], two swift boats* were delivered; present [at the delivery] were the US ambassador Phyllis Powers and the Chief of the Nicaraguan Armed Forces, General Julio Cesar Aviles.

*My translation of “lanchas rapidas.”

I´m trying to figure out whether this is all that much of an improvement from the mid 80s, when “US military aid to Nicaragua” meant aid to the contras.

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