Our CRACKERJACK (!!!) CIA on the likelihood of Soviet Missiles in Cuba circa late Sept. 1962
Eye-witness reports from Cuban exiles of what were obviously missile preparations in Cuba had been reaching the CIA for weeks by this time. Their memo to Kennedy:
Sept 19, 1962:
"The USSR could derive considerable military advantage from the establishment of medium and intermediate range ballistic missiles in Cuba. But this would be incompatible with Soviet practice to date and with Soviet policy as we presently estimate it."
You see, Cuban exiles (especially after their unforgivable gaffe of earlier insisting that the Julio 26 Movement was Communist backed) could not be believed or trusted:
“I’ve dealt with a fairly rich number of exiles in the past but none can compare with the Cuban group for genuine stupidity and militant childishness. At times I feel sorry for Fidel Castro—a sculptor in silly putty.” (Desmond Fitzgerald, CIA head of the Cuban Task Force 1962)
Why in 1957 the CIA's inspector general made a personal visit (arranged by Bacardi's Pepin Bosch) to Oriente to meet with Julio 26 honchos who quickly and easily convinced him of the movements anti-communism and saintliness. The honcho Pepin Bosch arranged for him to meet was Vilma Espin!!!
VAMOS BIEN CIA!!!