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Could Trump use old Reagan gambit?

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19.08.2017

I’ve recently wrote a piece on the political crisis in Venezuela. Then I wrote an article on Donald Trump’s hyperbolic language about North Korea. But it never occurred to me that the next article would be about Trump, North Korea and Venezuela. I forgot about the Reagan Gambit.

In October, 1983, U.S. President Ronald Reagan had a little problem. A massive truck-bomb had killed 241 U.S. marines in their barracks at Beirut airport. That was more than a quarter of the total U.S. force deployed as “peacekeepers” to Lebanon — a deployment that had already become controversial in the United States. So Reagan had some explaining to do.

In another part of the world entirely, the tiny Caribbean island nation of Grenada, population 90,000, had another military coup — a coup within the coup. A radical pro-Cuban politician called Maurice Bishop, who had overthrown the elected government, was executed by his fellow revolutionaries over some minor differences of opinion. A pity, perhaps, but of no more importance to the rest of the world than Grenada itself.

The Cold War was running quite hot in this period, so........

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