‘Judgment Day’: Rock’s Role in Manuel Noriega’s Surrender to U.S. Forces

Less than a week after the U.S. invaded Panama in 1989, the country’s brutal dictator, was cornered.

On Christmas Eve, troops surrounded the Vatican Embassy in Panama, where General Manuel Noriega had sought refuge.

Inside, intense diplomatic negotiations where underway to encourage the him to surrender, but outside troops were blaring the Rolling Stones and sending an entirely different message: “Time Is on My Side.”




Image: Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega dead at 83

A handout made available by U.S. Marshals Service taken on January, 4 1990 shows former Panamanian General Manuel Antonio Noriega in a U.S. jail.