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Think about it: here was the U.S. Coast Guard and Border Patrol working ’round the clock arresting Hispanics in the U.S. who were desperate to return to their native country.
It’s a tribute to the power of Castroite mythology that, even with all this information a matter of public record for almost half a century, the academic/media mantra (gloat, actually) still has Castro “defying ten U.S. presidents.” Instead he’s been protected by them.
Perhaps a refresher on what preceded this crisis is also in order:
On October 14, 1962 JFK’s national security advisor, McGeorge Bundy, appeared on ABC’s “Issues and Answers” to rebut hysteria from some tinfoil-hatters of the time. “Nothing but refugee rumors,” sneered Bundy regarding reports from Cuban-exiles about Soviet missiles going up in Cuba.
For months, Cuban freedom-fighters (mostly youths and college kids) had been risking death by KGB-tutored torture and firing squads by infiltrating Cuba to obtain these eyewitness reports of missiles and passing them to the CIA and U.S. State Department.
“Nothing in Cuba presents a threat to the United States,” continued the Ivy League luminary Bundy—barely masking his scorn for these hot-headed and deceitful Cubans. “There’s no likelihood that the Soviets or Cubans would try and install an offensive capability in Cuba,” he scoffed.
“There’s fifty-odd-thousand Cuban refugees in this country,” added President Kennedy himself the following day, “all living for the day when we go to war with Cuba. They’re the ones putting out this kind of stuff.”
Exactly 48 hours later U-2 photos sat on JFK’s desk revealing that those “refugee rumors” were sitting in Cuba and pointed directly at Bundy, JFK and their entire staff of sagacious Ivy League wizards.
Much of his fame in the Third World, on college campuses (especially among faculty) and in Europe stems from the fable of Castro “defying” a superpower. In fact, he survived because of a sweetheart deal that allowed him to hide behind the skirts of two superpowers.
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