Air Cover from the U.S. and Europe for Libyan rebels in 2011–NONE for Cuban rebels in 1961
Sorry, but you Cuban guys at Giron and in the Escambray were too chusma for us. And in 1961 (as today) it's strictly forbidden to meddle in Cuba's "internal affairs," and "violate her sovereignty."... OK men!--suit up and fire the engines! We're invading Libyan airspace and blasting Libyan tanks!....Jolly Good!"
Entire article on the newly-minted and fervent Interventionists here.
Probably as many rebels fought Castro in 1961 as are fighting Gadaffi in 2011--One MAJOR difference: reporters. Gadaffi has much to learn from his chum Castro. Bestowing all those Tripoli and Benghazi "press bureaus," without adequate "paper-work" and "supervision" would be lesson 101.
Hiring a cadre of "Libya experts" would have also helped Gadaffi (the fool) tremendously.