146. 10/25/1983

“On October 25, 1983, President [Ronald] Reagan dispatched some 2,000 U.S. troops to Grenada in an effort to put down a Cuban-backed Marxist coup that had taken place two weeks earlier. The coup targeted the Grenadian prime minister, Maurice Bishop, who was also a Marxist, and resulted in his ouster and later his death. Cold war tension in Central America and the Caribbean had been building for years, and denying the Soviet Union a foothold in the western hemisphere was an important component of Reagan’s anticommunist foreign policy.”

 – Stephen F. Hayes, Cheney, Page 174

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