Monday, January 07, 2008

Re: The President, the Pope and the Prime Minister

O'Sullivan seems to think the fury over Grenada may have been a bit overblown at least on a purely political basis (I'm sure that she had to personally furious):

After Reagan had given her a full briefing on the military and political progress of the intervention, they ended on the old "Ron" and "Margaret" terms with Margaret asking Ron to pass on her best wishes to Nancy and Ron encouraging Margaret to "eat 'em alive" down at the House of Commons. (p. 224)


Public debate in Britain following the immediate crisis hashed over these and other points. This proved slightly embarrassing for the prime minister, however, because almost all her usual supporters on foreign policy issue took Reagan's side. In the House of Lords debate on Grenada, for instance, liberals such as Max Beloff, Noel Annan, and Hugh Thomas as well as more conventional Tories were both baffled and alarmed by Britain's apparent willingness to allow Grenadians to fall into the Cuban-Soviet orbit. The Daily Telegraph and the Times were hostile to Thatcher's refusal to endorse American action. And one of her strongest intellectual supporters, Paul Johnson, confessed that he was astounded at her inability to see that Grenada was an issue as morally clear and compelling as slavery. (p. 225)

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