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Who “Lost” Cuba?–some SHOCKING! (everywhere outside Miami-Dade) History from our friends at Townhall

shockedshockshocked2shock4shock8Description=Beatles drummer Ringo Starr eats fish and chips, 1967.

"We (the U.S.) are responsible for bringing Castro in power. I do not care how you want to word it.” (sworn testimony by U.S. Amb. to Cuba Earl T. Smith)

Castro’s worldwide fame, his Teflon-like immunity from criticism for his tens of thousands of murders and tortures, for his racism, sexism, lust for nuclear war, for converting a once prosperous nation into a festering, disease-ridden prison and pesthole that repels Haitians and drove over twenty times as many people to die escaping it as died attempting to escape East Germany-- all this issues mostly from Fidel Castro’s image as the victimized and plucky David against the bullying Yankee Goliath.

So you can imagine how the above documentation goes over with people genuinely interested in historical truth. To wit: My books on Castro and Che have been translated into four languages, and it’s a ritual by now during my interviews in places like Madrid, Sao Paolo or Warsaw. They always start with what most shocked the interviewer: “Wait- a-minute?! You mean the U.S. helped Castro to power?! Then actually served (the Kennedy-Khrushchev pact) as his official bodyguard?! Protecting him from exile attacks?! You mean all that stuff about hundreds of CIA assassination attempts against Castro is mostly bunk?!”

“Well,” I reply. “You read the book. You saw the thorough documentation.” This “revelation” (regarded as such mostly outside Cuban-exile circles, by the way. Most Americans of Cuban heritage have known all of this sordid history frontwards and backwards since roughly 1962 ) kicks the legs out from the Castro myth. The truth shatters the very foundation upon which his worldwide fame rests. Thus all the “oohs” and “aaahs,” thus all the frowns and gaping- mouths by so many of my interviewers.

Entire SHOCK!!! here.

4 comments to Who “Lost” Cuba?–some SHOCKING! (everywhere outside Miami-Dade) History from our friends at Townhall

  • asombra

    If, over 50 years later, so many still deny the truth, don't even dream of an apology. Call it the New York Times Syndrome.

  • You'll appreciate this, Asombra. This article originally began. "Who Lost China? Who Lost Cuba?--the Chinese and Cubans, of course."

    Alas, we live in the Twitter-soundbite age. Impatient readers want White Hats/Black Hats. Ambiguity confuses and bores. Few readers would have stuck through the explanation. Can't do it in an 800 word piece. Hence the above.

  • asombra

    Yes, Cubans lost Cuba, but they sure had major outside help, from BOTH sides of the Cold War. With that kind of cluster fuck, winding up totally screwed was a given. Still, the Soviets did what they were "supposed" to do; it was perfectly in character and predictable. What the US did was much more problematic, since it violated American principles, ideals and precedent (such as the Monroe Doctrine). In other words, what the US did was a manifestation of degeneracy, which was aided and abetted big time by a degenerate president, JFK. I absolutely loved the bit about Herbert Matthews "orienting" the new US ambassador to Cuba--you just can't make that shit up. Lord have mercy.

  • asombra

    Love the pics, btw. Claude Rains was perfect as a French officer--who can wear a uniform beautifully, if nothing else. Pretty Paul didn't age well. Ringo Starr is the epitome of schmuckness--what a putz. And Buckwheat, well, I'd better not--no matter what I said, it would be "racist."