Angry Allies

Some of the most pained comments on the invasion of Grenada came from the U.S.'s NATO allies. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher refused to criticize the U.S. publicly, but she let it be known that she had tried unsuccessfully to dissuade President Reagan from taking military action in a former British colony that was still a member of the Commonwealth. The opposition made the most of the issue. During a stormy session of Parliament, Labor Foreign Affairs Spokesman Denis Healey declared that the American rejection of Britain's advice "represents a quite unprecedented humiliation of an ally." Thatcher, he said, had become...

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