The Cuban Missile Crisis Myth: 49 Years Later

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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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  • fidel castro

    this guy never stops.. according to him, everything we know about cuba related issues is a lie.. only he knows the true story.. o.k., we get it, now move on. how long are you going to milk this?

    • Che

      LOL! spot on…

      move on humberto. Go do something productive with your life.. perhaps some charity work or something.

      • StephenD

        Interesting, the name sake you both choose. Living vicariously through others since you have NOTHING to offer of your own perhaps? Being in any way associated with either Che or Fidel says all that needs be said of you. You both hold no compulsion in favor of life or liberty and with the wave of a hand would dismiss all those that have and will struggle for the sake of freedom from Tyrants. You disgust me.

        • Benito Mussolini

          LOL… and that coming from a supporter of someone like ariel sharon or henry kissinger or someone who supports arab dictators …who sold out thier people for billions of stolen dollars in cash and sold out to the equally currupt governments of the united states and israel.

          LOL.. HYPOCRIT!

          • Chairman Mao

            Well put. He supports tyrants over those who struggle for freedom.

            This moron is probably a big apologist for honeys like batista, somoza, pinochet.


          • mah29001

            If you Lefties like to use screen names of infamous Communist dictators, why the heck are you not living in those "workers' paradises"? Oh wait….they're not paradises at all but cesspools of totalitarianism.

    • MinnieM

      Nobody ever hears the inside story about what really happened, that Bobby Kennedy went to the Russian Ambassdador, Dobrynin's, office in Washington DC and "openly wept" as he told Dobrynin that Gen. Curtis LeMay, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Had given his brother 48 hours to get those missiles out of Cuba or "we would have a military coup in the US, and Krushchev would be dealing with Curtis LeMay instead of his brother." If you wil check on it, you will find that Kennedy fired Curtis Lemay as Chairman of the Join Chiefs as soon as the situation cooled down. Curtis LeMay had been Commander of the Strategic Air Force and author of the plan to keep nuclear armed planes in the air 24/7 to insure capability of retaliation if the Russians attacked first. My father was in the Strategic Air Command at the time and spent a lot of time in Greenland, Newfoundland and north of the Artic circle.

  • artcohn

    One big thing which we know was untrue was that the offensive missiles were intercepted just in time by our quarentine prior to any offensive missiles reaching Cuba.
    Offensive missiles fitted with nuclear warheads with a range of about a thousand miles had reache Cuba. They had the capability of destroyig Atlanta and Washington any time they wished. We could massively retaliate , but could not stop a missile attack, if Castro and Khruschev gave the order.

  • pedro animala

    David defeated the evil Goliath .. Castro has earned my respect and admiration..

    • StephenD

      Even while he lined folks that disagreed with him against the wall and shot them dead? You are a fool.

  • Rick Viera

    To this day the failures at the Bay of Pigs and the deal with Khrushchev have condemned the Cuban people to live under a despotic totalitarian dictatorship. For all the achievements of the Kennedy's the failures in Cuba have tarnished their golden image and have lasted a longer than any of them had lived.

    • davarino

      The kennedy's are nothing but red traitors. Look at the deals Teddy tried to make with the Soviets while Raegan was trying to end communist rule in Russia. Look at all the actions they take as opposed to the words they speak. I would say that time will tell on them and their "image" will go down in history.

      • Mike Bassett

        the country would be better off without you,. Leave. Now.

      • pennswoods

        Don't forget that Robert Kennedy was a lawyer for Senator Joe McCarthy in the early 1950's. Both JFK and Bobby, because of their Catholic faith, were on the side of the anti Communists during that era. Bobby Kennedy was so infatuated with Joe McCarthy that he asked McCarthy to be the Godfather of his first child, Kathleen Kennedy. Twenty years later, by 1968, Bobby Kennedy was willing to throw aside his anti Communist past and side with the left wing anti Viet Nam War crazies because he lusted for the Presidency of the USA.

  • wilfred bermud

    That is why De Gaulle withdrew from NATO, did not trust the American government.

    • Mike Bassett

      Leave Traitor

  • StephenD

    I love how all these "Useful Idiots" that praise Fidel or Che cannot or will not answer when confronted with the idea of the desperation of the people of Cuba. Can you imagine attempting to float on an old door with but barrels strapped to it to secure passage for your family to the USA? How desperate must you be? On that same note, when folks (Michael Moore, et al) praise Cuba, I want to ask them why no one is jumping on a raft to get there.

  • Seth

    Suggest everyone read One Minute to Midnight. I’m a U.S.Marine who participated in this. It was a very close call and scary as hell.

  • BLJ

    JFK also abandoned those brave men at the Bay of Pigs. The irony is that JFK was likely killed by the Mob who was aware of the Kennedy brothers plans of overthrowing Castro.
    RFK lived with that guilt till his own death by an assassin.

    • CCB

      JKF was a traitor to this nation and to Cuba; he used the mafia to obtain votes via the labor unions then had his brother prosecute them. Just like Fidel betrayed the true Cuban Revolution to re-establish the 1940 constitution and democratic elections; JFK betrayed virtually everyone he came in contact with and certainly those brave men waiting for US back up in the Bay of Pigs; if JFK would have kept his word there would have been no Cuban missile crisis and Cuba would have been free.

  • Amused

    ADD REVISIONISM TO FPM’S REPERTOIRE , visa-vis Humberto the disgruntled Cuban . I reckon Fontova’s not even old enough to remember the Cuban Missle Crisis . The Soviets turned their ships around , we pulled our missles out of Turkey . The Soviets who ALREADY had nukes in Cuba REMOVED THEM . The US promised not to invade Cuba ….that’s the whole ball of wax . Buy yourself a one way ticket to Habana ,Fontova …..and don’t come back .

    • Doug

      You first Castro groupie. Seriously, why aren’t you there? Feel free. Bye.

  • Amused

    As for the Bay of Pigs ? It was a CIA operatiuon from the getgo , and I suggerst yoiu study a little closer the situation and circumstances . As soon the decision on the part of the CIA to abandon the Trinidad landing site , the fall back plan to get to the Escambary Mts , and join the rebels there , was made impossible , for at the bay of Pigs there was miles of swampo and 20,000 Cuban troops standing in the way . Go do your homework Fontava , those 1400 Cubans werre sacrificed , the CIA knew that they would fail , landing at Bay of Pigs , and hoped to force the US into a full scale ILLEGAL invasion requiring atleast Two Divisions and all the air and seapower support available . In Addition the two main requirements of such a move were not met -Castro was not assasinated , and 90% of Cubans at that time supported Castro , they could not be expected to rise up at the onset of any invasion .Go look up the names Allen Dulles , Richard Bissel , and Robert Maheo , and the brole they played .

  • pennswoods

    Humberto, My mother was Czech. She left her beloved homeland in 1947 a few months before the Communists officially took over the only true democracy that had existed in Central Europe between the two World Wars . Her story is your story and all those who have suffered under Communism from Russia in 1917 until South Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Laos in the mid 1970's. Thank you for all you do warning these fools who mock here you what their future will be if Obama's "Occupy Wall Street" revolutionaries manage to wreck our beautiful Republic.

  • mlcblog

    Wanna read about a communist takeover? is there time or will to stop it?!

  • MinnieM

    The Bay of Pigs invasion was planned by General Eisenhower and f–ked up by Lt. Kennedy. Kennedy got his education in Socialist England while his daddy was FDR's ambassador to Eng. The American people must truly have a death wish. They elect a Socialist to screw up and undo everything, then elect the opposite to set things right, and as soon as things begin to look good again they go with another socialist.

  • Gloria Stewart

    Humberto Fontova is correct about the so called Cuban missile crisis. I remember when it occurred, and the only crisis was for the Democrats when polls indicated that they might get clobbered during the 1962 mid term elections. JFK was greeted during campaign stops with signs that read "More courage less profile" and "What are you doing about Cuba". JFK had made the presence of Castro's Soviet aligned dictatorship an issue during the 1960 campaign against Richard Nixon. He chided the Eisenhower administration for not doing anything about Cuba. Actually, Eisenhower had a plan in place for the invasion of Cuba, but Nixon could not talk about it during the campaign for security reasons. Had he been able to, the election results could have given him the presidency. Actually, had the votes been counted honestly, Nixon could have won. But that is a story for another day.

    Senator Kenneth Keating (R, NY) had warned about missiles in Cuba long before JFK and his crew acknowledged them. It was an open secret. When the dust settled, we had become the co guarantors with Khrushev of the status quo in Cuba and had also removed missiles from Turkey. And the media still had Camelot.

  • CCB

    May God give Fidel a worse end than he gave Gaddafi. God know he deserves it as did Che. Fidel (a 1st Gen Cuban which means he really isn't a Cuban but a Spaniard like his father who fought in the Cuban War of Independence against Cuba); Che (a foreigner who came to Cuba for the last 15 min of his life). Let these two foreigners burn in hell! May the world put an end to this Stalinist police state and realize that Fidel and his cohort homo brother are just two little illegitimate resentful and envious tyrants who's real goal was to punish the Cuban people for shunning them as children who came from a household with very little morals and values.