The Poverty of Debate: Washington, UNITA, and the American Press

August 30, 2014   ·   0 Comments

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By Stephen Roblin: In Piero Gleijeses' authoritative transnational history of the conflict in southern Africa during the 1970s and 1980s, Visions of Freedom, he provides an account of the American press's troubling treatment of a political debate that occurred during the middle of Reagan's tenure. The debate centered on the question of whether the United States should provide lethal aid to the Angolan insurgent group, UNITA, which was led by one of Africa's most infamous terrorists, Jonas Savimbi. Here, NYTimes eXaminer has published the excerpt from Gleijeses' study.

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