The recent collapse of a section of the Compact Road on Babeldaob in Palau is an embarrassment to the United States. The young republic funded the 53-mile road with $150 million of funds provided by the U.S. under the Compact of Free Association. The Compact money is provided to Palau as part of the post-World War II obligation that the United States took on to assist Palau in its entry into the modern post-colonial world. The money was to be used to build up and modernize the country's infrastructure so that eventually it might become . . .
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