1983: The Year I Began to Learn Of American Realpolitik

What is patriotism when the government believes that might makes right?

Guatemalan general Óscar Mejía Víctores (Prensa Libre)

I’d never seen an airshow before, and I wanted to see if it was as exciting as people said. Those of us who worked belowdecks on the USS Ranger (CV-61) were told to stay remain within the skin of the ship. Only those who worked on the flight deck would…