We need to stay the hell out of Central American politics. Our only assistance should be financial relief with no strings attached except a requirement that it go directly to organizations within the country who are providing direct relief to the people of those countries. In addition, as part of a global partnership, through the UN or NATO, with other countries to confront human rights abuses within the country. If we cannot do this or it is politically not feasible, we should do NOTHING! Let our neighbors to the south work out their own issues without any interference from the US. We have already done enough damage over the past 50 years to last many lifetimes. American businesses that have holdings and investments in these countries need to assess how they want to work with those governments, and develop their own plans. Our State Department should only be involved as an assurance of the safety of Americans working in those countries. Corporations have become multi-national and their interests are not always the same as ours. They benefit greatly from their overseas operations, and have historically made operational decisions that have undercut American workers in favor of cheaper overseas labor. No where has this been more true than with our neighbors to the south. Protecting the lives of Americans working for these corporations in other countries IS a national responsibility. Ensuring that corporations are protected from adverse conditions in those other countries is not, unless our government was a partner to that corporate involvement. Each incidence of overseas conflict with host countries must be assessed individually and any interventions decided upon and planned for would fall under the State Department’s purview. It is the responsibility of the State Department, in consultation with the Congress and the President to decide how to handle such issues. Please note: I am fully aware that this is not how all of this usually operates. I am offering my personal opinion which is all I can offer in response to this question. There are no one-size-fits-all answers to this very prickly issue for every country we engage. But IMHO, we barely have our own answers these days, and we are in no position to be pointing out the behaviors of other countries and advising them what to do!