Back on this day in 1983, President Reagan invaded Grenada. It turned out to be a major victory against Cuba’s Fidel Castro and prevented the USSR from having another strategic piece of real estate over here.
Grenada was a small island where some U.S. citizens were attending medical school. Most people had never heard of Grenada or the Cuban efforts to turn the island into a communist beachhead, an important runway for Soviet MIGs. However, the Reagan administration had their eye on Grenada for some time. They knew the strategic importance of Grenada and its proximity to the Panama Canal.
In Grenada, we saw President Reagan as the competent leader of the free world, or a man unwilling to let the USSR gain a strategic foothold over here. It was quite a week for leadership, President Reagan and the U.S.