NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 02, 1984
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(Studio) President Reagan reported committing United States to completing Grenada's airport; facility recalled Reagan's rationale for invading Grenada last year
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Grenada) Reagan's change in attitude toward airport's completion examined; President recalled claiming Grenada had no need for such an airport prior to US invasion. Films shown. Rhetoric said colliding with reality when no Cuban mil. bases were discovered after American takeover. [Busman. Jeff THOMPSON - cites is.'s need to expand tourism.] Reorg. of followers of late Prime Min. Maurice Bishop described. [Bishop follower George LOUISON - acknowledges possibility of revived socialist party] Return from exile of former Grenadian leader Eric Gairy noted. [GAIRY - comments on ability to control government without winning election] Continue imprisonment without trial of former Grenadian leaders said supported by US; details given. Current extent of United States military presence discussed. [Agency for International Dvt. spokesperson Henry GRUPPE - considers United States opportunity on Grenada for relations with Caribbean basin.] Issue of United States using Grenada as exercise in legitimizing armed intervention discussed.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley