“U.S.–Backed Dictator” Batista, right?
Batista's coup against Cuban President Prio came on March 10, 1952. An axiom of academic and media "expertise" on Cuba is how the U.S. "backed" "dictator" Fulgencio Batista. In fact, I defy you to find me a media mention of Castro's predecessor without the obligatory prefix.
Well, here's Castro's first "Minister of Finance" Rufo Lopez-Fresquet, who like most Anti-Batistianos was tight with the U.S. State Dept. and the CIA:
"On the morning of March 10, 1952, after Batista's coup, we decided to visit the U.S. embassy to discover the reaction to Batista's seizure of power. The U.S. Charge d Affairs Albert Nuffer received me immediately. He was as surprised and as indignant as I at Batista's coup. Mr Nuffer assured me that if Pres. Prio held ground in any part of the island, however small, the U.S. would not recognize the Batista regime."
In fact, in Jan. 1959 the U.S. recognized Castro's regime more quickly than they had recognized Batista's 7 years earlier. In fact, The U.S. recognition of Castro's regime set a milestone in U.S. diplomatic history towards Latin America: Never before had the U.S. extended diplomatic recognition to a Latin American government AS QUICKLY as they bestowed this benediction on Fidel Castro’s. At the time of this U.S. benediction of his regime, Castro himself had not even entered Havana.