Strongman put down

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Apr 17, 2013


50 years ago, 1963: Five teenagers who were caught “red-handed” painting their initials on a Berlin Road railroad bridge, were back at the scene with buckets of paint remover and a lot of elbow grease.

25 years ago, 1988: The Reagan administration planning to oust Panamanian strongman Gen. Manuel Antionio Noriega, were in complete chaos after a U.S.-backed coup unexpectedly failed when plotters were locked into the arsenal at the country’s military headquarters.

10 years ago, 2003: With the fall of Bagdad, Iraq’s U.N. ambassador declared “the game is over.” and became the first Iraqi official to concede defeat in the U.S.-led war.


"While the CIA coveted and paid Noriega for intelligence, the BNDD pursued him as a dangerous criminal and even considered assassination as one possible remedy. At the urging of the State Department, the heat was eventually turned off, and by 1976 then-CIA Director George Bush arranged to pay Noriega $110,000 a year. However, in the course of sweeping reforms within the CIA, the Carter Administration removed Noriega from its payroll. Then, when Ronald Reagan took office in1981, Manuel Noriega was back, at a salary that rose to $200,000 per year by 1985."


The two top phrases in the '80's were, "I do not recall" and "just say no".