We are starting to hear more and more about the Cuba–Viet Nam connection.
One reason is because John McCain has secured enough delegates to win the Republican nomination for the Presidency. McCain claims that Cuban agents tortured American POW’s in Hanoi during the Viet Nam War.
The other is that Cuba’s new-same as the old-dictator is reportedly thinking of making some Viet-Com style economic changes to kick start the moribund Cuban “economy”-the Vietnamese Model-Slavery with some forms of private property. Good luck.
In this Scott Johnson commentary from the Washington Times , we learn a little more about (c)astro’s complicity with Viet-Nam.
… But Vietnam and Cuba like vengeful bullies continue to this very day to persecute their citizens.
While the Bays of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis and reported CIA assassination attempts may ring a bell, few people know that at least 19 American servicemen were tortured and at least one murdered by Cuban interrogators during the Vietnam War. One of the torturers would be rewarded later, becoming the Cuban minister of education and I name him here: “Fernando Vecino Alegret.” Yes, surprisingly there were Cuban interrogators in Vietnam but their devious interventions have been (strangely) less publicized.
John McCain, while a POW, was even interviewed for Granma by a Spanish born “psychologist turned restaurateur” named Fernando Barral and made the pages of the propaganda rag and toilet paper way back in 1970.
(c)astro has, of course, denied that McCain was tortured by Cuban agents. The truth challenged dictator devoted 5 of his “reflections” to attack the Republican candidate.
But as we know, Communism and the truth are mutually exclusive as illustrated by this joke from the Washington Times commentary:
Castro, Che Guevara, Lenin and Stalin were all driving together in a car, when they came to a fork in the road. Lost, with no maps they stopped and Castro asked, “Which way do we go?” Lenin looked at them all and said “signal left … but turn right” And so they did … .