The United States has important interests which the president is sworn to uphold. Among them are the lives and freedom of American citizens, and the security of our country and our allies. If in fact American citizens in Grenada were in serious danger, or if Grenada was on the verge of becoming a base for Soviet or Cuban subversion in this hemisphere, then as president I would act decisively to meet these threats. Unfortunately, we are unable to reach an informed judgment, because, possibly for the first time in our history, and without adequate justification the Reagan administration deliberately blacked out news of its action. Moreover, Mr. Reagan failed to report to the Congress as required under the War Powers Act. I am also troubled by issues the president ignored in his recent speech.
It's clear that Mr. Reagan did not adequately consult with our friends and allies. Their strong opposition to our venture will greatly complicate our relations with NATO and with friendly nations in our hemisphere.
Mr. Reagan ignored the non-intervention provisions of our treaty obligations, as well as opportunities for multilateral action under the OAS charter. Our apparent indifference to international law will erode our moral authority to oppose outrages in Afghanistan, Poland, Cambodia, and elsewhere. Finally, on the basis of facts currently at my disposal, I do not believe that Mr. Reagan adequately explored diplomatic solutions to the problems in Grenada. There are occasions on which upholding important American interests will require the use of force. But if the world comes to believe that we employ force as a first resort, we will pay a very heavy long-term price.