How the U.S. ‘Bullied’ Poor Little Castro


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As mentioned, the only “U.S. invasion” then envisaged was one of smiling, groveling Yankee diplomats and Yankee taxpayer subsidies.

Alert Cubans started plotting against Castro almost from day one, but — alert to who helped him into power — they kept well clear of U.S. officials, turning instead to Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic for some logistical assistance. Nonetheless, in August 1959, Phil Bonsal got wind of this plot and promptly alerted Castro to a conspiracy against his regime manned solely by Cubans. Thanks in part to Bonsal’s solicitude for the regime insulting his nation as “a vulture preying on humanity” and poised to steal $2 billion from U.S. stockholders, the anti-Castro plot was foiled.

Hundreds of the Cuban plotters were imprisoned. Some were executed. And the regime that three years later came close to vaporizing many of America’s largest cities with nuclear missiles (including Bonsal’s home) survived.

Then, as now, the word gringo was very rarely used by Cubans. So in his “vulture” tirade, Castro was already mugging to the Latin American gallery. Castro’s very first trip abroad as head of state was to Caracas, where on January 25, 1959 he implored Venezuelan President Romulo Betancourt to “join” his “master plan against the gringos.” The newly elected Venezuelan president soon learned that his “joining” would consist of massive loans, financial aid, and shipments of free oil to Castro from Venezuela. So Betancourt decided to “think it over.”

It took Hugo Chavez for Venezuela to finally “join” Castro’s master plan. In mid-2005, 160,000 barrels of essentially free oil were flowing from Venezuela to Cuba daily, a flow that continues unabated despite Venezuela’s pathetic economy. Chavez’s honorarium comes in the form of the thousands of Cuban specialists who essentially run his regime’s security and intelligence sectors.

Not a bad bargain, actually. Trained and mentored for decades by the KGB and East German STASI, Castro’s secret police is considered among the most “proficient” on Earth, as befits a regime that jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin’s and executed (murdered, actually; the former term implies some form of judicial process) more people (per capita) in its first three years in power than Hitler’s did in its first six.

Within weeks of his “dead gringos!” tirade and his Venezuelan visit, Castro’s regime had stolen the Cuban Telephone Company (an ITT subsidiary), commencing a mass larceny of U.S. property at Soviet gunpoint that would reach almost $2 billion in little over a year — and included the torture and firing squad murder of several U.S. citizens who resisted.

The Castro regime has never settled a penny of this mass burglary with its U.S. victims. Search for any mention of the above in an mainstream media article on the so-called U.S. embargo of Cuba (in fact, we’ve been Cuba’s main food supplier and fifth largest trading partner for close to a decade now) and you will draw a complete blank.

“But that’s hoary Cold War stuff, Humberto,” some will counter. But the same people run Cuba today as ran it in 1959.

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  • UCSPanther

    Batista was scum, and Castro was no better.

    Castro, like Moammar Gaddafi, started out as a loud-mouthed warmonger, but in time, the collapse of the Soviet Union and other repercussions caused him to mellow out into your standard corrupt tin-pot dictator.

  • Amused

    Agreed , again as about the only thing Fontova gets right , is the remark about the "cracker-jack CIA " . [ funny how CIA has a habit of making the wrong calls ] . Castro a truly dispicable character , oversaw a brutal regime …no doubts about that . Batista was WORSE . He killed more Cubans than Castro to date . In FACT , our coddling of Batista and support of his American gangster ridden regime , was the very reason Castro came to power .So now Mr.Fontova , a typical foaming at the mouth Cubano, tries to apply the "liberal tag " to WHO ? The CIA ? LOLOLOL ….is this a new strawman Fontova ?

    • Indioviejo

      You are an ignorant tool. Redundancy nessesary here.

      • Amused

        Indioviejo , try doing something you're not used to- pick up a history book ,and find out why there was even a cause for revolution in Cuba . Batista did his murdering under the guise of capitalism , Castro in the name of communism .
        The only redundancy here is the recurring ignorance I see among dimbulbs like yourself . If there ever was 'cause and effect ' , it would be batista = castro. My point was not praise or approval of Castro , but I guess that went over your head eh cogno ?

    • allstonwabec

      <i">Batista was WORSE . He killed more Cubans than Castro to date ."

      If you had any documentation to support your claim, you might have some credibility. I suggest you read Carlos Alberto Montaner's Secret Report on the Cuban Revolution- if you are concerned with facts and not with propaganda.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Castro came to power through terror, murder, and theft.

  • g_jochnowitz

    Whatever happened to the set of interviews that Castro gave to Jeffrey Goldberg? http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/
    They never got the attention that they should have. Fidel Castro seems to have significantly changed his view on Israel. He no longer sounds like a pillar of the Marxist-Islamic Alliance.
    Of course, he is no longer in power. Even so, the world should know what he said.

    • Amused

      lol…that one went right over their heads ….oh what dullards !

  • Amused

    hey Brujo Blanco , aint that the same way Batista came to power ? ….TWICE ! No Batista =No Castro .

  • Alvaro

    Maybe world history would have been different if FDR just gave him a 10 dollar bill in 1940…
    http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil:FCR_to_FDR_lette

  • Indioviejo

    Very accurate article. Most people prefer to ignore historical facts for their own emotional ideals We shouldn’t be surprised by the CIA or the State Department‘s leftist slant If we remember Whitaker Chambers denouncing communist infiltration and subversion in the government in the 1920‘s and 30‘s, culminating in his testimony in the H.U.A.C., and latter confirmed by the “Venona Papers“, maybe we could have seen what was perpetrated in Cuba, aided and abetted by our own communist in high places. NYT propagandist such as Herbert Mathews was just continuing the propaganda section initiated by Walter Duranty, the Stalinist then at the Times. After Castro our continuous “mistakes” in foreign and domestic Policy indicates a metastasis in our institutions caused by the leftist/progressives. How sad._

    • Amused

      Leftist slant ? Who in the hell are you kidding ? The same Rightists who were looking for commies under their beds , were the same politicians who knew full well about Batista's terror regime and the mobsters from the US who were paying Batista and those politicians off . There were no communists in the Batista Regime , just thieves and murderers . The same regime that turned away the St.Louis , as well as FDR .[sadly] .You're brainwashed , a mere parrot .

      • Indioviejo

        Maybe you would like to know that the President in Cuba in 1939, the time when the MS St. Louis sailed with 937 German Jews, was Federico Laredo Bru and not Fulgencio Batista. Just a minor detail in correcting your rant, but then I suspect you are an unbending leftist ideologue, more interested in disseminating misinformation than in truth. Every body here knows you already.

  • Ghostwriter

    I think the Cubans found out that the Americans were fools for believing a word that Castro told them. The Cuban Missile Crisis and other things like that soon disabused many in this country of how "benevolent" the Castro regime really was.

  • BLJ

    I wonder what Castro and Jimmy Carter's baby looks like?

    • Western Canadian

      As someone who has always had an uncommon ability to visualize, I really with you had not asked that question…….

    • tmc

      osamabana that's who

    • Cuban Refugee

      Don't know what that demonic Castro/Carter baby looks like as an adult, but I heard he posts under the moniker "Amused."

  • Steve Chavez

    I still don't get why America's supporters for the Arab Spring and its removal of their dictators, except Syria which is a satellite of Russia therefore a friend of Comrade Obama, aren't screaming for a Caribbean Spring in Cuba? Fidel, still the leader, is the world's longest serving dictator where its citizens are now institutionalized like prison inmates who know no other life.

    It also seems that Miami Cubans would be sending signals to their families that a massive protest, in front of the world, would be the signal the end of the Castro's and Chavez.

    If they do not overthrow Castro before he dies, he will live on like Che and they, with the encouragement of Americans, will turn him into a icon forever!

  • Amused

    I said you needed a history lesson Indioviejo .

  • Amused

    Batista came to power in 1933 in the "revolt of the Seargents " took over the military and installed puppet presidents until he was himself elected ion 1940 . After finishing his term he went to the US to live , ONLY TO RETURN IN 1952 WHERE HE SUSPENDED THE CONSTITUTION . In addition he restricted the press , removed many political freedoms and engaged in lucrative deals with the mafia , large sugar plantation owners and American buisiness .He put down revolts and student protest with violence by means of his 'anti-communist ' secret police ,armed by the US .

  • Amused

    Before he was overthrown he had totured and killed 20,000 Cubans creating fertile ground for Castro's revolution , as he looted the country ,and stomped on the peasants .
    but enough for that lesson , he was indeed in control in 1939 , when laredo Bru , his puppet , turned away the St.Louis .

  • Amused

    Wanna look it up Indioviejo ?

  • Amused

    Congrats indioviejo , you must've cracked a book eh ?