Cold War Mindset: Hot War Engagement. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Education Department. Friday , June 25, 2010. The Situation. The Caribbean Nation of Grenada Size & Population about 131 square miles about 110,000 civilians Member of British Commonwealth
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Friday, June 25, 2010
The Caribbean Nation of Grenada
5 out of 7 member states of the
Organization of East Caribbean States (OECS) requested U.S. military assistance
- Antigua - Barbados
- Dominica - Jamaica
- St. Lucia
St. Vincent wanted an investigation
The new Communist leader in Grenada, with strong ties to Cuba and the Soviet Union, may influence and aid other Soviet-Cuba takeovers in the region.
2. 800 American medical students in Grenada could become hostages in a Communist controlled regime.
3. Reports state that Grenada is building up and storing weapons to invade other Caribbean countries.
“We must not break faith with those who are risking their lives on every continent from Afghanistan to Nicaragua to defy Soviet-supported aggression and secure rights which have been ours since birth…Support for freedom fighters is self-defense.”
--President Reagan, in the State of the Union, February 1985
“The Reagan Doctrine proclaims overt and unashamed American support for anti-Communist revolution. The grounds are justice, necessity and democratic tradition.”
-- Charles Krauthammer, Time, April 1, 1985
CBS News- Broke story of naval ships diverting from Middle East to Caribbean despite Reagan Administration pleas for press cooperation.
United States Ambassador
President of Grenada, leader of Communist movement. Assassinated along with 12 others in violent coupe in Grenada.
Radical Communist New Jewel Movement leader who took over Grenada, October 13, 1983. Formerly Bishop’s Deputy.
Leader of Dominica, head of OECS in 1983, urged President Reagan to intercede in Grenada on behalf of region.
Organization of East Caribbean Countries (OECS)
Secretary of State
General John Vessey
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
President Reagan making an early morning telephone call to staff regarding the situation in Grenada. 10/22/83.
General John Vessey discussing the situation in Grenada a group of bipartisan members of congress including Trent Lott and Dick Cheney in cabinet room. 10/25/83.
President Reagan meets with Prime Minister Eugenia Charles of Dominica on events in Grenada .
(George Shultz and Robert McFarlane also visible) 10/25/83 .
President Reagan meets with Congress in the cabinet room on the invasion of Grenada. 10/25/83.
Options? the invasion of Grenada. 10/25/83.
What options does the
United States government
have for responding to this issue?