U.S. Invasion of Panama
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What were his/her views on President Bush's decision to topple the regime of General Manuel Noriega? While winning support in the U.S., it provoked criticism around the world. Use this Topic to trace his/her opinions.
In 1989 the Bush Administration decided to topple Noriega's regime, and so sent troops to Panama. Was the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989 a significant event in his/her life?
- Why was he/she interested in the invasion of Panama? Did he/she or someone he/she knew fight in the invasion? What was his/her role in the invasion?
- American officials accused Manuel Noriega of crushing democracy in Panama, making millions of dollars through illegal drug deals, spying on the U.S., and slaying his/her political opponents. Did he/she agree with these accusations?
- President Bush's decision to topple the regime of General Manuel Noriega won strong political support in the U.S., but it provoked angry criticism around the world. What were his/her views on President Bush's decision?
- Did he/she think the attack and the amount of force used was justified in order to capture Noriega, bring him to America to face trial on drug-trafficking charges, and to restore democratic government in Panama? Why or why not?
- Some felt the U.S. action set a dangerous precedent: that any state can use force to overthrow a government it doesn't like, which could lead to international anarchy. Did he/she feel this way? Why or why not?
- In general, did he/she think the U.S. should have been involved in foreign matters such as these? Why or why not? Did he/she have an opinion on how it should have been handled differently?