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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!!!


4 comments to Our CRACKERJACK (!!!) CIA on the likelihood of Soviet Missiles in Cuba circa late Sept. 1962

  • asombra

    But Fitzgerald wasn't stupid himself, of course. How could he be, with an Irish name during "Camelot"? The best and the brightest all the way. He was just a prejudiced (not to say racist), arrogant asshole, no doubt "progressive" for his time, who happened to be dead wrong (not to say fucking useless). Way to go--a man after John Kerry's heart, for sure.

  • asombra

    The Bacardi people, btw, stepped in it BIG time, and I'm not at all sure they've really come clean on that. There's a related anecdote in the book "Cuba 1952-1959" which is just revolting. Maybe they were just duped, but they were based in Oriente, which is where Fidel and his VERY dubious family came from, and with all the Bacardi money and connections in that region, they should have picked up the Castro stench.

  • asombra

    Vilma, of course, went on to be a "guerrilla girl" and marry Raul Castro (apparently she couldn't manage to nab Fidel, but she was determined to be a power player). Her daddy was a rich lawyer for Bacardi, so it was "all in the family," so to speak. Her sister Nilsa, who was less ambitious and kept a much lower profile, was apparently a true believer and had a long history of involvement in the clandestine pro-Castro movement before 1959; she wound up committing suicide, reportedly due to disillusionment with what the "revolution" wound up becoming.