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U.S. Invasion of Panama

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  1. Why was she interested in the invasion of Panama? Did she or someone she knew fight in the invasion? What was her role in the invasion?

  2. 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 political opponents. Did she agree with these accusations?

  3. 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 her views on President Bush's decision?

  4. Did 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?

  5. 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 she feel this way? Why or why not?

  6. In general, did she think the U.S. should have been involved in foreign matters such as these? Why or why not? Did she have an opinion on how it should have been handled differently?

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