One thing is clear beyond the shadow of a doubt: the United States has the military strength to defeat Grenada. Everything else being said in defense of the invasion last fall is, at best, dubious.
The claim that the invasion was a rescue operation to save American students is no longer taken seriously by anyone. Had the students been in real danger, an Entebbe-style landing and pickup would have been sufficient. We know, as Anthony Lewis has written in the New York Times (11/11/83), that “Grenada and Cuba both sent urgent messages to the U.S. saying that our citizens … were safe. We know that the [Grenada] airport was open and that Americans flew out the day before the invasion. . . .” Clearly, the Reagan administration had no interest in pursuing peaceful alternatives to its “rescue.”...
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