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After expending their last bullet, came more heroics. Living under a daily firing squad sentence for almost two years the men who cheered Michelle Bachmann this week refused to sign the confession damning the “U.S. Imperialists” (the very nation whose commander-in-chief betrayed them on that beachhead) thinking it would probably save their lives. Many spat on the document in front of their Communist torturers, thinking it would doom them to death by firing squad. “We will die with dignity!” responded their second-in-command Erneido Oliva to his furious Communist captors, again and again and again.
To a Castroite such an attitude not only enrages, but baffles, speaking of which:
“These Cuban exiles are really just a bunch of wimps! That’s right—WIMPS!” writes Michael Moore in his book “Downsize This.” His smear singles out the Bay of Pigs invaders for particular scorn. “Ex-Cubans with a yellow stripe down their backs, and crybabies” is how the Democratic Party’s keynote attraction at its 2004 convention — where he sat humongous cheek to shriveled cheek with Democratic elder statesman Jimmy Carter — refers to the men who Michele Bachmann honored this week.
Fifty years ago when the smoke cleared and their ammo had been expended to the very last bullet, when a hundred of them lay dead and hundreds more wounded, after three days of relentless battle, barely 1,400 of them — without air support (from the U.S. carriers just offshore) and without a single supporting shot by naval artillery (from U.S. cruisers and destroyers poised just offshore) — had squared off against 31,000 Castro troops, his entire air force and squadrons of Soviet tanks. The Cuban freedom fighters inflicted casualties of 20 to 1 against their Soviet-armed and led enemies. Their feat of arms still amazes professional military men.
“They fought magnificently and were not defeated,” stressed Marine Col. Jack Hawkins a multi-decorated WWII and Korea vet who helped train them. “They were abandoned on the beach without the supplies and support promised by their sponsor, the Government of the United States.”
“We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty!” proclaimed Hawkins’ commander-in-chief just three months earlier. The words were actually the late JFK speechwriter Theodore Sorensen’s, later an Obama campaign advisor.
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