That's right. Strung somewhere between Vietnam and Iraq was Grenada. As often happen with foreign colonies, things did not go well for Grenada after it received its independence from Great Britain. During the civil unrest that followed independence, a more moderate government was overthrown by a strongly pro-communist government, and that was not acceptable to then-President Ronald Reagan. Neither were the Cuban construction workers building an abnormally long and strong runway on the island.
|A clearly pro-communist Grenadan waterfall.|
Especially England, or Great Britain as they should properly be called. See, while Grenada was an independent nation at the time our first Navy SEAL landed on the shore, it was a part of the British Commonwealth, which mean that it wasn't necessisarily all that independent. The Queen was still its head of state. They still drank tea in the afternoon. The British still appointed all sorts of fancy sounding overseers. So when they found out that we were justifying the invasion as a way to protect a bunch of rich medical students on the island who couldn't cut it back home, we manages to lose the favor of our best friends - England, Canada, and of course Trinidad and Tobago. Israel, however, was still no board. It also gave fuel to the usual suspects like China and the Soviet Union to take ecxeption with us, which is pretty much par for the course.