BOOK EXCERPT: Invading Grenada

Selling the modern era’s first ‘pre-emptive’ war

“It isn’t nutmeg that’s at stake in the Caribbean and Central America; it is the United States’ national security.” —President Ronald Reagan, March 10, 1983 On October 23, 1983, U.S. combat troops began Operation Urgent Fury in the eastern Caribbean, invading the sovereign state of Grenada, an island of 113 square miles with approximately 110,000 inhabitants. It was the first time the U.S. military had committed combat troops since Vietnam. Over the course of a year, the Reagan administration had argued vigorously that Grenada posed a threat to U.S. national security. Unlike the unlimited access journalists had in Vietnam, the […]