Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Our Days of Weakness are Over!"

The invasion of Grenada, codenamed "Operation Urgent Fury", was the 1983 US-led invasion of the Caribbean Island (located 100 miles north of Venezula).
A bizarre series of events took place in mid October on the tiny Caribbean island. This was the first major operation conducted by the US Military since the Vietnam War.
President Ronald Reagan initiated the invasion, and created the National Security Decision Directive, which authorized military commanders to prepare options for possible action in Grenada.
The invasion was triggered by building tensions between the militaries, and the fact that President Reagan was informed of the "secret" construction of large airports and long runways, which to Americans was a threat of an attack.
There were several hundered American students who were attending a medical school in Grenada, so the main concern was their evacuation and safety.
The people had voted Reagan into presidency in 1980 because he promised to restore the "standing" of the
United States. Grenada gave him this chance..
Vice President George Bush called to report that the Special
Situation Group favored an operation that would not only
"secure American citizens, but restore democratic rule and end Cuban influence...that meant a full-scale invasion and overthrow of Grenada's government.
"If we've got to go there"..."We might as well do all that needs to be done"
- Ronald Reagan
The United States had no choice but to act strongly and decisively in order to defend its nation from any outside threats. The government of the United States had to save Grenada and the region from a "brutal gang of Leftist thugs".
There are two basic reasons that determined the President's decision to invade Grenada,
First, was his concertn for the welfare of American citizens living on Grenada.
Second, due to elements of grave concern to their safety and peace taking place. United States needed to assist in insuring and reinstating peace and stability in Grenada.
The Invasion aimed for and resulted in the restoration of a constituional government. Nearly 8,000 soldiers, airmen, and Marines participated in the invasion. Only 19 Americans were killed.
The invasion was justified and had support of Americans and the surrounding countries. University students were at risk and could have been taken hostage, the US had to take control of the situation at hand.
The problems that were faced during the invasion were due to lack of intelligence.
Americans faced difficulties navagating through unknown territory. An analysis by the United States Department of Defense showed a need for improved communications and coordination between branches of the United States forces and outsiders.
This video shows President Ronald Reagan discussing the invasion of Grenada.

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