The End of the Cold War Years and Political Alignment with US President Ronald Reagan
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The End of the Cold War Years and Political Alignment with US President Ronald Reagan

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher\\\'s alignment with US President Ronald Reagan was not popular in the UK

It was the last years of the cold war, and Margaret Thatcher identified closely with the US president Ronald Reagan as they both distrusted the Soviet Union and communism. Margaret Thatcher was in favour of the NATO decision to deploy USA cruise and Pershing missiles over Western European countries. There were 160 cruise missiles in Berkshire, England at RAF Station Greenham Common in 1983. This stance again caused massive protests from the UK based Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)  Instead of powering down as they wanted, she tripled the UK nuclear power by purchasing the Trident nuclear missile submarine system from the USA. This purchase cost the British people £12 billion.

However, Thatcher was against the US invasion of Grenada in 1983, which was highly criticized in the UK, Canada, and the United Nations, for the Cold War politics. Grenada was just a small country of 100, 000 people. The US was against the building of an air-strip offered by Cuba. The Invasion of Grenada was hailed as “a flagrant violation of international law"

Margaret Thatcher's strong defense ties with the USA was further employed in the Westland Affair. The British helicopter industry was failing. There was a rescue bid by an Italian Company called (Agusta) which would integrate Westtland, Agusta and British Aerospace (Bae). Instead Thatcher merged Westland with the American Sikorsky Aircraft Company causing yet another government scandal.

Again Thatcher's popularity plummeted when she allowed the US to use US F-111s bomber s from the British Royal Airforce bases to bomb Libya for the attack upon a Berlin discotheque. According British polls, only one in three Brits approved of her actions.

The US government “approved an extradition treaty intended to stop IRA operatives evading extradition, only because of her approval over the invasion of Libya.

Examiner note: It does appear to be a case of “ I will rub your back if you rub mine.”

Once Gorbachev became leader in Moscow, Thatcher no longer opposed the Soviet Regime. She was actually one of the first Western Leaders to welcome Mikhail Gorbachev's reformist Soviet platform. In November of 1988 , after the Reagan–Gorbachev summit meetings, she was reported as saying, "We're not in a Cold War now" but rather in a "new relationship much wider than the Cold War ever was."

Margaret Thatcher's alignment with the US President Ronald Reagan, on issues of Foreign affairs, was very strong though it was not something that her constituents approved of.



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Comments (7)

Great article. Personally, I think Ronald Regan was one of the most gutsy presidents we ever had. He chose to invade Granada to prevent Soviet expansion there. It was a gutsy move.. and I applaud him for that.


Are you Anti American, or just Anti Reagan. We invaded Grenada because Cuba was as you said in the process of enhancing the Grenada Airstrip. There were Cuban manned Air Defense assets already in place on the island. We had med students on that island whose safety was also of concern. We have to be willing to disregard international law when our National Security interests and the safety of our citizens are of at risk. Expansion of that airfield by Cuba represented a national security concern because it was being renovated to accommodate the large Soviet Transports of that day. This could not be allowed. Reagan acted appropriately in sending in Army Rangers to secure the airfield and the med students.This airstrip was intended to support logistic operations of pro Soviet efforts within the Caribbean and Central American region.

thanks for your comment

I have just quoted facts period, what my views about America or Reagan are not expressed here, this is an article about Margaret Thatcher and what she did or did not do. As far as Grenada my best friend is from Grenada, he was there at the time. He said the Grenadians actually liked the Americans, they smiled and waved at them. Again this is a personal account from someone else. The violation of international law is not my opinion but the opinion of the world at the time. But if you want my opinion I agree with that opinion plain and simply

Thanks for sharing your opinions and information.

Thanks for sharing this information.

Very nice job