Essay The U.S. Invasion of Grenada

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The U.S. Invasion of Grenada The U.S. invasion of Grenada and the fall of its Marxist government can be viewed as part of a greater regional conflict. This conflict involved the U.S. and it's Central American and Caribbean allies on one side and Fidel Castro's Cuba, the Sandinista government of Nicaragua and Marxist guerrilla armies on the other. President Reagan and his administration were somewhat worried that the Marxist government of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop was allowing Cuba to gain influence in Grenada. The fact that Grenada constructed a military-grade airport with Cuban military engineers really was a red flag for President Reagan to take charge. Apparently, there were a lot of soviet weapons being stored at the…show more content…
The students would have been in grave danger if they were not rescued so quickly. Think about how the Marxist leftist thugs would have treated them if they had gotten to them first. The medical students were a perfect target for terrorist activity. For the Americans living there, they endured a high degree of anxiety because the new rulers of Grenada had imposed a 24-hour curfew and had ordered violators to be shot on sight. The Americans wanted out, and Reagan did come trough for them. They were seized upon arrival of the 1900 troops. This war received a lot of attention nationally as well, as internationally. On a national level Americans were mostly supportive because of the buzz on the Cuban built airstrip and its hundreds of Cuban "worker-fighters" that were claimed to be "looming at their back door." Americans felt threatened by the soviet weapons being stored at the new "Cuban built" airport in Grenada. On an international level the U.S. was not fairing so well. Europeans were not at all happy with Reagan's self- absorbed decision. Leaders across the world were alarmed as well as embarrasses that President Reagan would take such a drastic action after consulting with only one partner, Britain. In fact Britain was involved in the situation only to be ignored. Margaret Thatcher advised President Reagan to lay low in the situation, that military action seemed unwarranted. He did not listen.

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