Originally Posted By Bugalaman:
it was an act of war, why didn't we declare war on anyone who did it or who harbored those who did it? we should have annihilated those fuckers back then
I was stationed at RAF Chicksands in the UK when this happened. The KAL 007 shootdown had just occurred on September 1, 1983, then the Beruit Bombing, then Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada invasion on October 25, 1983. It was a hell of a time. I had just gotten back from RAF Greenham-Common on a 2 month TDY to assist with the security of the GAMA site and GLCM beddown.
Several of my buddies on my flight and I had left for Paris and were just getting into our hotel when the squadron called and said for us to return as we were invading Grenada. We were like, WTH is Grenada!? We thought WWIII was kicking off.
I read a book about the aftermath of the barracks bombing and IIRC Reagan had authorized a massive Alpha Strike on the Bekaa Valley against the Syrian positions and Hezbollah training camps, but it was canxed at the last minute and all the ordinance was dropped at sea. Anyone else have more on this?
ETA: RIP and Semper Fi Marines!