An American Air Force officer in Nicaragua,Central America. Clips of bullets on the ground. Rifles on a wall. An American Air Force Lieutenant Colonel answers press questions and talks about human rights and preserving the rights of the prisoners of war and civilians during the internal conflict between Sandinista Government forces and counterrevolutionaries (Contras).
A small cadre of Nicaraguan counterrevolutionaries (Contras) pose with their weapons. They speak of their complaints, including the Nationalization of everything by the Sandinista Government.
Washington DC: James Wright, house majority leader, speaks about MX missiles and covert action, in the fight of the Contras against the Sandanista government in Nicaragua. He notes that development of MX missiles depends on arms reduction by the Soviet Union. He specifies that arms reduction would save extra expenditure on the military.
Nicaraguan Contras soldiers arriving at Fort Benning Georgia in the United States to receive military and combat education from the U.S. Army in their fight against the Sandanista government of Nicaragua. Plane arrives carrying the Contra soldiers. The soldiers come out of an airplane.
They move in a row inside a building at Fort Benning and get seated. A U.S. Army officer, Colonel Bobby J. Harris, speaks to the soldiers about their training. Training includes combat skills and leadership qualities. Views of the Contras marching on a field during the training. They practice shooting machine guns.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan at the White House in Washington DC. President Ronald Reagan gives a speech on the Defense Budget. He speaks about the Defense Program America needs. President Reagan states that the American security should be prepared for all situations. An animation shows 'Intercontinental Missiles'. Intermediate Range Weapons from 1978-1982. An animation shows the difference in production of submarines, artillery and weapons between the United States and the Soviets. An animated picture shows the 'Soviet Communications Intelligence Facility'. The Soviet Weaponry Sandino Airfield, Nicaragua. An airfield under construction in Grenada. President Reagan in his speech states that the American military force should be ready to respond to any emergency situation. An animated graph shows the percent of budget from 1960-1980. At the end of the speech President Ronald Reagan asks for America's prayers and support.
Television broadcast of Henry Trewhitt and Harry Ellis answering to the questions from a studio in Washington DC. A viewer asks a question from Belgrade. Cancun, Mexico: View of the coast of the city. President of the United States Ronald Wilson Reagan disembarks from the aircraft. The president with the officials. Harry Ellis speaks about the conference of industrial powers and of the developing nations. A viewer asks question from Oslo about the President's foreign policies to Nicaragua. People in Nicaragua. Henry Trewhitt states that the U.S. will not bear the socialist Sandinista government in Nicaragua. A viewer asks question from Seoul about America's trade policies. Harry Ellis speaks about the export of steel to Korea. Steel poles hooked are loaded on a transporter at dock. An overhead crane moves a furnace containing molten steel. Harry Ellis states that the president Reagan will work on protecting steel and automobile industry.