” ‘Vietnam taught us to think twice before again getting involved in the affairs of other nations, so some people question the justification for U.S. economic and military assistance to Central American countries and worry about getting sucked into their military conflicts,’ [Representative Dick] Cheney [R-WY] wrote [in his monthly newsletter ‘Congressman Dick Cheney Reports to Wyoming’ in November 1983]. But avoiding involvement is not an option. ‘From a strategic standpoint, the United States cannot sit back and allow the Communists to take over Central America. They already control centrally located Nicaragua, and have vowed to export their war to other nations.’ ” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Stephen F. Hayes, Cheney, Page 190