Just before the U.S. election, the story went, the Foreign Minister of an unnamed Latin American country was wondering about the outlook. For an informed view, he turned to the U.S. Ambassador.
"It looks now as though labor will vote for Truman," the Ambassador explained, "the farmers will vote for Dewey, Negroes may vote for Wallace, and parts of the South will vote for Thurmond."
"Ah, yes, I understand all that," said the Foreign Minister, "but what I want to know is, how will the cavalry vote?"
Last week, with the military revolutions in Peru and Venezuela fresh in mind, more than...