June 7, 1985
On June 6, 1982, a Sunday, Israel's armed forces crossed the northern frontier into Lebanon with what were described as limited objectives. But the invasion was massive in scale, involving land, sea and air forces, and within hours it was clear that Israel's leaders had much more in mind than what they were saying publicly. The Israelis, welcomed by Christian and Muslim villagers in southern Lebanon, swept aside Palestinian fighters and Syrian forces on land and in the air.
December 26, 1989 |
Manuel Blanco rummaged through the ashes that had been his home and salvaged a hammer with a charred handle and a blackened pair of pliers. The two tools and the clothes on his back were what remained of his earthly possessions. Even so, the 70-year-old retired auto mechanic said he is glad U.S. forces invaded Panama and overthrew the dictatorship of Gen. Manuel A. Noriega. "It hurts that I've lost everything, but what are you going to do? The gringos had to do it like they did.
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October 24, 1987
The tiny island of Grenada today is hardly more than a point of passing interest to passengers aboard Caribbean cruise ships. But on Oct. 25, 1983, it was the venue for a pell-mell draconian drama staged by the Pentagon that briefly captured worldwide attention. Its impresario, Commander-in-Chief Ronald Reagan, glibly asserted three days after the tragic comedy opened that the factious and fractious Grenadian government posed a danger to American students at the island's medical school.
July 5, 1985 |
"Invasion will be July 4 at 3:45 a.m.," said a front-page headline two weeks ago in the official Sandinista newspaper. To hardly anyone's surprise Thursday, it turned out to be one more in a series of false alarms. Sandinista army tanks and armored cars, deployed around Managua, sat silently through the sweltering day, guarding the city against another advertised U.S. attack that did not come.
June 10, 1985 |
Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Sunday that he could foresee conditions under which U.S. aircraft might have to launch a "surgical strike" against military targets in Nicaragua, but he ruled out any chance of a full-scale American invasion of the Marxist-led Central American country.
September 18, 1990 |
Within hours of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, R. Richard Newcomb was summoned from his bed in Alexandria, Va., to the White House, where he worked through the night. The pace has slowed only slightly in the five weeks since then. "It's part of the job," Newcomb said during a break between rounds of meetings and phone calls in his spacious but Spartan office overlooking Washington's Lafayette Park. "It's understood that when you need to go around the clock, you do."
October 14, 2011 |
"Went the Day Well?" is the innocent-sounding title of one of the most subversive films to come out of World War II, a British drama that was unsettling in its day and is even more so now. Playing for a week at the New Beverly Cinema in a 35mm restoration, this 1942 drama, originally released in the heart of the conflict, takes an unnerving look at a head-spinning possibility: German soldiers masquerading as Britons taking over the bucolic English...
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September 29, 2009 |
Former President Guillermo Endara, who led Panama to democracy after the U.S. invasion that toppled dictator Gen. Manuel Noriega, died Monday. He was 73. Endara, who governed from 1989 to 1994, died at his home in Panama City. His cardiologist, Dr. Sergio Solis, said the cause might have been a heart attack. Endara, who suffered from diabetes and kidney ailments, had been hospitalized recently for dialysis treatment. President Ricardo Martinelli hailed Endara for "delivering us from dictatorship and giving us back democracy."
August 8, 1985 |
On a cliff behind Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall, a circle of crumbling concrete lies surrounded by ice plants and weeds. Standing there, 300 feet above Point Vicente, one can look from Santa Monica Bay all the way around to the Port of Los Angeles, and it becomes clear: This would be a great spot for some big guns. Indeed it was. The concrete circle and a similar clearing nearby were the foundations for two six-inch-diameter guns capable of hitting targets 15 miles away.