How a U.S.-backed Cuban dictator became The Mob’s best friend.
Regarding the U.S.-backing:
“Various agencies of the United States directly and indirectly brought Fidel Castro into power.” (Earl. T Smith U.S. ambassador to Cuba 1957-59.)
"Everyone in the CIA and everyone at State were pro-Castro, except ambassador Earl T. Smith." (CIA official in Santiago, Cuba 1957-59, Robert Weicha.)
Regarding best-friendship with Mob:
"We lived like kings in Cuba," revealed Medellin Cartel bosses Carlos Lehder and Alejandro Bernal during their trials in the 1980’s and 90’s. "Fidel Castro made sure nobody bothered us."
"The case we have against Raul Castro right now (for drug trafficking) is much stronger than the one we had against Manuel Noriega in 1988." (U.S. Federal prosecutors tom Miami Herald in 1996.)
Whoops! Sorry to trick you with the post title, but this piece does not refer to the Cuban dictator (Batista) who cameos in Godfather II. His regime featured corruption and sporadic (but highly selective and mostly retaliatory) police brutality--but it respected private property rights, an independent judiciary and allowed Cubans to come and go from Cuba at will.
Funny that?--funny how “right-wing dictators” (as opposed to communist ones) always leave their nation’s exit doors open, never fearing a “brain-drain.” They know full-well that--since they (mostly) leave their nation's economy and their compatriots' private endeavors unmolested--what few brains might drain from their nation (mostly) belong to chronic failures, losers and malcontents (“los resentidos”) of little use to the economy.
Castro’s early government was a glittering display-case of this phenomenon. All of his government’s early “ministers,” etc. were well known as pathetic failures under Cuba’s (mostly) free-market system of the 40’s and 50’s. Either that or they were “successful” as “intellectuals,” which also means they contributed nothing to the economy, while resenting the self-employed plumber or truck-driver who often earned multiple times their income, despite often being uncouth and unlettered. (To say nothing of resenting the uppity unlettered mulatto who ran Cuba.)
Sorry to trick you, but this article does not refer to The Mob featured in Godfather II, who (partly) owned the trifling number of gambling casinos in Cuba during the 1950’s when—-not only did most Cubans voluntarily remain in Cuba despite open doors both from Cuba and into the U.S.—but the island’s standard of living and thriving and diverse economy attracted immigrants from both Europe and the U.S.
Instead I refer to The Mob made up of narco-terrorist drug cartels whose murder victims over the past four decades surpass one Valentine Day’s massacre every twelve hours and whose annual proceeds surpass the annual GNP of all Caribbean nations combined.
I do not refer to a type of “U.S.-backing” that saw the U.S. ambassador to Cuba erupt in surprised rage when this dictator (Batista) seized power in 1952 coup--then wait seventeen days to grudgingly offer diplomatic recognition to his government.
Instead I refer to the one (Castro) who in January 1959 received diplomatic recognition from the U.S. in record time for a Latin American government, whose genuine U.S.- backing prompted Robert Reynolds, the CIA’s Caribbean Desk Chief 1957-60, to boast during a back-slapping meeting with Fidel Castro in 2001 that: “Me and my staff were all Fidelistas!”—-that prompted another CIA official named Robert Weicha to admit: "Everyone in the CIA and everyone at State were pro-Castro, except (Republican) ambassador Earl T. Smith."
In case you haven’t guessed I refer to Fidel Castro not Fulgencio Batista.
The Castro brothers’ partnership with Colombia's cocaine cowboys made Meyer Lansky's deal with Batista look like a nickel and dime gratuity. And the murder tally from the Mexican drug Cartel Los Zetas, who partner with Cuban officials in the Yucatan, equals about one St Valentine’s Day Massacres every ten hours for the past five years.
The chumminess between Castro and the world’s richest and most murderous criminal organizations was showcased in 1981 when the Colombian Communist terrorist group M-19 kidnapped the daughter of one of Colombia’s most powerful cocaine capos, Fabio Ochoa.
Balking at paying any ransom, the enraged Ochoa called together 200 other drug bosses from the Medellin area and explained that a showdown with this Commie riff-raff was long overdue. So let’s settle this thing once and for all, he reasoned—much like Alejandro Sosa settled things with the uppity “little monkey” Tony Montana in the movie Scarface. "You wanna go to war!.. You wanna go to war!..OK, I TAKE you to war!" You’ll recall that Scarface yelled shortly before the movie’s gory end.
The fuse was burning down to such a war in Colombia when peacemaker Fidel Castro offered his good offices. He brought together both gangs of murderers and the problem was resolved amicably and without bloodshed (for each other) if expensively. The Communist terrorists would start getting a cut of the cocaine smuggling action for various services rendered to the cartel.
Everything above fully-documented here.