The international implications of failing to oust the provocative and corrupt ruler of Panama, General Manuel Noriega, clearly would have had an adverse impact on United States (US) foreign policy and prestige. The operation succeeded in toppling a corrupt dictator who was an embarrassment to Latin America. Terrorism or insurgency in Panama would call into question the success of the operation, while Noriega’s trial will focus attention again on the former strongman. The year 1989 was remarkable in that there was a general movement worldwide toward democracy. The political consequences of reduced power and influence and an increasingly multipolar international environment will increase the risks to US friends and interests worldwide. US power applied to further national interests and in support of democratic alternatives lends aid and comfort to friends and allies worldwide. Even with the dramatic changes in domestic and international power, US interests will remain oriented toward Europe, the Middle East-Persian Gulf-Indian Ocean region, and Latin America.