Pawlenty’s Faulty Reagan History: He Didn’t Use Ground Troops To Overthrow Governments

During an interview with GOP 2012 presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning, host David Gregory noted that Pawlenty has been attacking President Obama for not taking out Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and asked if he would send ground troops to do it. “Not necessarily,” Pawlenty said, adding, “You look at what President Reagan did for example to remove the governments in certain areas, you don’t necessarily have to send in ground troops.” Watch it:


In 1983, U.S. troops invaded Grenada to overthrow the pro-communist military government there that came to power in a coup.