Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power - Chapters 4-6 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 4-6 Summary and Analysis

Chapter 4. Isle of Spice. In October 1983, America invaded Grenada. This island was run by a government thought to be connected to Communism. However, it was also a member of the British Commonwealth. Reagan chose to invade the island in an attempt to rescue American students at an American university there during a revolt against the government. Without informing Margaret Thatcher, without doing research on the island or even learning where the American students lived, Reagan sent troops in. Four hundred American students were rescued, though they never felt as though their lives were in danger, while more than two hundred were left behind because the military did not know they did not live at the university. Nineteen soldiers were killed, as well as four servicemen who were lost at sea during the first attempt to land on Grenada. However...

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