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“Florida elects Presidents,” said Michele Bachman Monday in—well—Florida, which holds 27 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. “Marco Rubio has the hallmarks of, I think, everything that a person would look for in a potential candidate,” she added. “He’s got so much going for him.”
Hurricane Irene re-routed Michele Bachmann’s campaign from the Northeast southward, where she hobnobbed with some heroes. “She told us that she wanted her first trip to Miami to start with a stop to the Bay of Pigs Museum,” reports the president of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, Felix Rodriguez, who also played a key role in capturing Che Guevara in Bolivia. “She said she had great respect for what we tried to do 50 years ago.”
“We are with you!” said candidate Bachmann to the aging freedom fighters at their Bay of Pigs Museum in Miami’s Little Havana on Monday. “I am with you!” she stressed. The freedom fighters, surrounded by photos of their band-of-brothers who fell in battle against their Soviet-lavished enemy, cheered wildly and decreed Michele Bachmann an honorary member of Brigada 2506, the official name for the all-volunteer force who tried freeing Cuba from the Soviet barbarism that still grips it today. You’ll forgive these men for assuming that their historic ally from 90 miles away would provide at least 1/1000 of the air support recently provided to Berbers, Bedouins, and Tuaregs and assorted jihadists 5000 miles away in Libya.
Sorry for the underestimation. Actually, through last week, (U.S.-led) NATO had conducted 19,751 sorties over Libya, including 7,459 ground-attack missions. US planes carried out 1,210 strike missions.
While battling savagely against a Soviet-led force ten times its size and only 90 miles from U.S. shores, and defending Cuba from a Stalinist regime that craved to nuke the U.S., the tiny island’s freedom fighters couldn’t beg, borrow or steal one ground-attack mission by U.S. jets.
“Where are the planes?” kept crackling over U.S. Navy radios on April 18, 1961. The U.S. Naval armada (22 ships including the Carrier Essex loaded with deadly Skyhawk jets) was sitting 16 miles off the Cuban coast near an inlet known as Bahia de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs). The question — bellowed between blasts from a Soviet artillery and tank barrage landing around him — came from commander, Jose San Roman.
“Send planes or we can’t last!” San Roman kept pleading to the very fleet that escorted his men to the beachhead (and sat much closer to them than the Sixth Fleet recently sat to the Libyan coast). Meanwhile the barrage intensified, the Soviet T-34 and Stalin tanks closed in, and San Roman’s casualties piled up.
Fifty years ago the men who cheered Michele Bachmann this week put their lives on the line for goals still crystal clear: firing-squads silenced, families reunited, tens of thousands freed from prisons, torture chambers and forced-labor camps. We see it on the History Channel after our GIs took places like Manila and Munich. 1961 newsreels could have captured such scenes without crossing oceans. When those men hit the beach at the Bay of Pigs 50 years ago, one of every 18 Cubans suffered in Castro and Che Guevara’s Gulag. Mass graves dotted the Cuban countryside, piled with hundreds who’d crumpled in front of Castro and Che Guevara’s firing squads. Most of the invaders had loved ones among the above. Modern history records few soldiers with the burning morale of the freedom fighters who cheered Michele Bachman in Miami this week.
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