Carter - Carter's Weakness From Afghanistan to Iran,...

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Carter's Weakness From Afghanistan to Iran, Grenada to Nicaragua, it suddenly seemed that Communism and anti- Americanism were on the march all around the globe—and neither the Carter Administration nor the enfeebled U.S. military seemed capable of doing anything about it. The Sandinistas quickly consolidated their power in Nicaragua while the Carter Administration struggled to formulate a proper diplomatic response. The only retaliation Carter could mount against the Soviets for their invasion of Afghanistan was a toothless verbal condemnation in the United Nations and a boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. (Many Americans felt that the main victims of the boycott were not the Russians but instead innocent American athletes, who lost a once-in-a- lifetime chance to compete for gold medals.) Even tiny Grenada was able to thumb its nose at its powerful American neighbor with seeming impunity; "No country has the right to tell us what to do or how to run our country or who to be friendly with," Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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