HISTORY137PAPER9 - Maribeth Engelbrecht HIST 137 PAPER 9...

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Maribeth Engelbrecht HIST 137 PAPER 9 After Nixon left office for his incident at Watergate, Reagan jumped in and added a little bit of his own scandal to the white house. Reagan approved a CIA plan to destabilize Nicaragua by building up a strong anti-Sandinista military force in nearby Honduras and Costa Rica that Reagan called “The Contras”. (The Making of Modern America) The U.S blocked ports in Nicaragua to prevent weapon transportation in and out of the country. Even though Reagan was all for protecting the Contras, the rest of America viewed this situation to be just a bit too similar to Vietnam. The United States was promised that we would start trying to mind our own business and only worry about our own affairs, but we were already putting ourselves back out there aiding others. In the Middle East there was conflict between Israelis and Arabs over the control of Palestine. America supported Israel and ended up having to send fifteen hundred marines to restore order and force the Syrians and Israelis to withdraw their forces. Not long after the marines were sent over, 241 of them were killed at their compound due to a car bomb explosion.
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