Here are some amendments to DC9-CAPT's selected list:
1980 Desert 1 Rescue Attempt during storm in Iran. The low point of the US military history in the post Vietnam period. (After this, things got a lot better).
Things hardly got better after this at all!! Read on!!
The MNF which went into Beirut was a half-cocked attempt at restoring some degree of peace in Lebanon, after the Israelis invaded.
If anything, the failure of the MNF only fuelled the fires a little bit more and dragged out the Lebanon-Israel/Israel-Palestinian conflict even longer.
Remember all the foreign nationals who were taken hostage in Lebanon? This is often said it is as a result of the ineffectiveness of the MNF in Beirut (beginning in 1982).
Also, wasn't it Beirut where a number of marines were ambushed and blown up?
Is this invasion which occurred because the Americans were afraid of Castro gaining any support in the Caribbean?
1986 Libyan leader Qadaffi has a break with reality again and threatens the US with his sinister "Line of Death" in the Gulf of Siddra. This is after his terrorists have bombed the Vienna airport. Reagan answers back with a wing of F-111s and several missile strikes (including one on Qadaffi's home). Qadaffi has kept his mouth shut ever since.
Qaffadi has hardly shut up since.
Qaffadi punished America for the attacks on Tripoli and Benghazi where it hurt.
Do you remember a flight called Pan Am 103?
1987--1988 Significant US Naval Presence in Persian Gulf
Interesting, you hail the successes, yet you fail to mention here that the USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air Airbus A300, killing over 200 people. And to this day, still denies any wrong doing???
1989 Panama Invasion. Noriega rounded up and sent to the federal Klinker.
Even though Noriega may have been a despot, the fact remains that the invasion of Panama for the purpose of overthrowing Noriega was and still is, under international law, illegal.
This would have to be one of the worst PR disasters for the American military and the UN, in which a 'simple' aid and relief mission turned into a military nightmare, which culminated in the 1993 attempt to oust Mohammed Farah Aided from his stranglehold, killing a dozen or so people, and wounding dozens more.
Wasn't there also an incident which occurred in Mogadishu, in which a Blackhawk opened fire, mistakenly, on a group of Bluehats from the sub-continent killing a few of them?
One of the more successful American and UN missions in recent years.
But in answer to the original question on peacekeeping
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