Once, When It Actually Worked…

35 years ago today, on October 25, 1983, the United States invaded the island nation of Grenada. In an operation which lasted only a few days, the U.S. military removed a revolutionary Marxist government which had overthrown and killed the previous leader. President Reagan at the time indicated that he feared another Iran Hostage Crisis-type situation due to there being over 600 U.S. medical students studying on the island. An interim government was briefly established and democratic elections were held the following year in 1984. Amazingly, to this day, the nation of Grenada remains a democratic nation and celebrates its “Thanksgiving” on this date.

The operations was roundly condemned by the international community as a violation of international law, but it was a very popular action in the United States itself.

Violation of international law? Hold my beer…

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