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Fri Nov 13, 2015, 03:26 PM

18. David Bonior

A great Democratic Whip, the guy ran for Michigan Governor and lost in the primary to a corporate Dem who now has a bright future in television if not the Supreme Court. Too bad, seeing how he is a REAL Democrat who cares about ALL people, including those we bomb and enslave, the kind Kwitny wrote about in Central America.

Democrats Warn of Nicaragua 'Disaster'

April 06, 1986|SARA FRITZ | Times Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — The United States already has spent nearly $1 billion--some of it illegally--on an undeclared war in Nicaragua that will become "an American disaster" similar to Vietnam if Congress continues to fund the insurgency, Rep. David Bonior (D-Mich.) said Saturday.

"We've been down this road before," said Bonior, a Vietnam veteran, in the weekly radio address by Democrats. "Americans remember how, step by step, dollar by dollar, before we even knew what was happening, we were caught in the Vietnam War. We remember how advisers became troops and troops became casualties--57,000 in all."

Despite strong opposition from Democratic leaders, the House is expected to reverse itself this month and approve President Reagan's request for an additional $100 million in aid for the Nicaraguan insurgents, known as contras. The Senate approved it March 27.

Along with his speech, Bonior released a table of figures showing that the U.S. government already has supplied $100 million in direct aid to the Nicaraguan rebels since 1981 and that it also has given $627 million in military and economic aid to Honduras and has allocated $220 million for U.S. military maneuvers and the construction of five airfields in Honduras.

"When we add up all the pieces, we see the true cost to the American people," he said. "This is already a billion-dollar war."

Bonior noted that these past expenditures--adding up to $947 million--do not include the money currently being requested by the President.

"Does America want to spent $1 billion in a war against Nicaragua while family farmers face bankruptcy and ruin at home; millions of dollars for new airfields in Honduras while in our cities and towns, streets and bridges and sewers decay. . . ?" he asked. "Does America want to spend $1 billion on a new war while the veterans of the last war are still denied compensation for the ravages of Agent Orange?"



That was before Hasenfus' plane was shot down and all Iran-Contra broke.

The guy would've made a great Governor of the State of Michigan. Who knows? He could still be. I know Bonior would be great and he'd make a great President of the United States.

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