PRINT April 1990


Images from the Panamanian Invasion

GEORGE BUSH SEEMS TO have garnered a public relations coup, at least in the United States, for his Christmas holiday bombing and invasion of Panama, and subsequent abduction of General Manuel Antonio Noriega. There’s nothing the majority of Americans seems to like better than to subdue some little nation inhabited by people of color and bring it to its knees in the name of democracy. Scarcely veiled jubilation fairly bubbled from the network news broadcasts on Panama, and Republican National Committee chairman Lee Atwater declared the invasion a political “jackpot” for Bush and his party. What a great way to begin a fabulous new decade and to round out the last tenth of Henry Luce’s “American Century.”

Of course, it wasn’t completely smooth going, especially for the news media, which was locked out of the invasion. Despite the formation of the National Media Pool by the Pentagon, which was

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