1989 U.S. invasion of Panama

“But Bush did share Reagan’s desire to relegitimize the use of force and maintain a massive military capacity. His chance came in Panama” Pg. 411


In the post cold war world, the United States emerged as the only legitimate super power in the world. George H.W. Bush felt that as the only super power, the United States had a responsibility to police the world and maintain its personal interests globally. The most famous recourse from the this ideology was the invasion of Iraq after Saddam Hussein had himself invaded Kuwait, but the Bush had already started a precedent when he invaded Panama. After they deemed that the leader and trained United States agent Manuel Noriega no longer served his purpose, Panama was invaded and Noriega was arrested. This invasion would be a prelude to an era of United States history that was plagued with foreign invasions to protect self interests.