Fidel Castro courts newly elected Venezuelan President Romulo Betancourt in Jan. 1959. Though a Venezuelan version of Cuba’s “Fidelistas sin Fidel” of the time (Mensheviks,) Betancourt quickly got Castro’s number. (Conservative Gen. Xers and Millenials might marvel but there was actually a day when many socialists were virulent anti-communists, and immune even to Fidel Castro’s “charm.”)
Among the primary Commandments of membership among the first generation of Cuba “experts” were morning and evening chantings to the effect that the block-headed and arrogant U.S. bully snubbed and scorned the innocent and friendly Fidel Castro, finally pushing him into the arms of Mother Russia. Some beg to differ:
Nowadays the Cuba-enthroned emperor of Venezuela more or less reigns while his baby brother Raul rules. The actual nuts and bolts of running the empire, which include stealing 100,000 barrels of oil daily from their Venezuelan viceroyalty as priority, comes courtesy of the 50,000 Cubans who infest Venezuela and run the colony’s vital police and intelligence functions, among many others. It took the Castros some doing, but they finally got Venezuela in the bag. To wit:
Fidel Castro’s very first trip abroad as head of state was to Venezuela where on January 25, 1959 he implored Venezuelan President Romulo Betancourt to “join” his “master plan against the gringos.” The newly elected Venezuelan president soon learned that his “joining” would consist of massive loans, financial aid, and shipments of free oil to Castro from Venezuela. So Betancourt brusquely declined the “invitation.” It took Hugo Chavez for Venezuela to finally “join” Castro’s master plan.
Please note the date and the aggressive anti-U.S. policy Castro proposed to Venezuela. That was barely three weeks after Fidel Castro (with U.S. help) entered Havana. And yet you’ll be hard-pressed to find a U.S. “academic expert” who doesn’t swear up and down that in 1959-61 the U.S. arrogantly, selfishly and stupidly snubbed a friendly Fidel Castro and pushed him—kicking and screaming, no less– into the arms of the Russians.
Among Cubans, by the way, the word “gringo” was almost never used.
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