Rush Limbaugh is an Idiot (on JFK)

As a muscular counterpoint to Obama’s weasel-words in Berlin last month, the Rush Limbaugh show featured excerpts from JFK’s famous Berlin speech from 1963: “And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin….Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.“

Yet JFK squashed freedom for Cubans. His Missile Crisis “solution” also pledged that he immediately pull the rug out from under Cuba’s in-house freedom fighters. Raul Castro himself admitted that at the time of the Missile Crisis his troops and their Soviet advisors were up against 179 different “bands of bandits” as he labeled the thousands of Cuban anti-Communist rebels then battling savagely and virtually alone in Cuba’s countryside, with small arms shipments from their compatriots in south Florida as their only lifeline.

Kennedy’s deal with Khrushchev cut this lifeline. The Cuban freedom-fighters working from South Florida were suddenly rounded up for “violating U.S. Neutrality laws.” The Coast Guard in Florida got 12 new boats and seven new planes to make sure Castro and his Soviet patrons remained utterly unmolested as they consolidated Stalinism 90 miles from U.S. shores. Think about it: here’s the U.S. Coast Guard and Border patrol working ’round the clock arresting Hispanics in the U.S. who are desperate to return to their native country.

This ferocious guerrilla war, waged 90 miles from America’s shores, might have taken place on the planet Pluto for all you’ll read about it in the MSM and all you’ll learn about it from those illustrious Ivy-League Academics. To get an idea of the odds faced by those betrayed rural rebels, the desperation of their battle and the damage they wrought, you might revisit Tony Montana during the last 15 minutes of “Scarface.”

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10 thoughts on “Rush Limbaugh is an Idiot (on JFK)”

  1. This comes as a huge shock, I know, but I disagree. A successful insurgency after the Bay of Pigs (JFK’s fault) was not likely. The hearty band that fought on was valiant but lets face it, Castro was not going to make the same mistake as Batista. He could use whatever tactics he wanted to destroy the rebels without any pressure from his friends in Moscow. My problem with JFK’s actions after the Crisis was not that he enforced the Neutrality Act but that he took the threat of American military intervention – the only viable means of removing Castro – off the table. The Soviets got the better deal – they got a quid pro quo on missiles and got to keep a base in the American sphere of influence something the Soviets themselves would never have countenanced.

  2. Dear Babalu,

    Mr. Limbaugh is not an idiot. He was using a snippet to make a point. He is not a fan of JFK,

    As to your point, you are exactly correct. The Vienna Summit in 1961 was a horrible blunder. Kruschev judged JFK to be weak and precipitated the missile crisis. We lost that one badly. The net result was that we removed the Jupiter missiles from Turkey. I was involved with military intelligence at the time. JFK blinked. Vietnam was the result.

    JFK had a great stable of writers. Camelot? The Broadway Musical is closer to reality.


  3. I read the book One Minute to Midnight last week and came away thinking how horrible a U.S. invasion of Cuba would have been at that time.

    The Russians were ready to use their nuclear weapons on Cuban territory to halt any U.S. invasion. According to the book the US force would have rivaled the D-Day invasion. The Russians had nuclear weapons armed and aimed at Gitmo to blow the base to smithereens.

    My parents were in Cuba at the time. After years of thinking that Kennedy sold us out, perhaps he saved many of us whose parents might have perished in what would have been a horrific battle with tens of thousands of innocent Cubans killed.

    I’m torn on this, but maybe exile was the lesser of two evils between having a whole generation annihilated by two super powers.

    I’m not willing to give Kennedy a pass on the Bay of Pigs, but in terms of the Missile Crisis perhaps he did us all a favor.

  4. Angel,

    The Cuban Missile Crisis would’ve never come to pass if the Bay of Pigs invasion had succeded.

    Either way, Nikita wouldn’t have allowed that “horrific battle” you speak off. He was more afraid of what castro would do than the U.S. Nikita was much, much smarter and EXPERIENCED than JFK.

  5. So let’s assume that Kennedy had gone ahead with the plans to invade Cuba. Can we really be so sure that Kruschev would have allowed his military personnel there to be crushed by the US without some sort of response? He had nuclear weapons armed and ready and castros approval to use on Cuban territory.

    Obviously if Kennedy had gotten it right the first time with the Bay of Pigs, the Missile Crisis wouldn’t have happened.

    Either way I think it is intersting topic to discuss.

  6. This is an interesting debate, but it is nothing more than mental masturbation. The Soviets understood spheres of influence – after all Hungary was still fresh in everyone’s memory – but this was different. After all there weren’t American soldiers or arms in Hungary when the tanks rolled in. Would Khruschev have stood down in battle – not without paying a huge price at home.

    The other question is what if Kennedy would have done it anyway? We would have easily overwhelmed the forces, Cuban and Russian. Let’s assume that the Soviets would have held back, not wanting to expand the fight elsewhere. So Cuba is free at the end of the day but at what price? How many would have died? More importantly though, wouldn’t that still make it worthwhile? The death of thousands for the liberation of millions? I think the blockade ultimately was the best policy but the deal was ridiculous. Tell the Soviets to get out and then pounce. After the Crisis the relations between the two countries was chilly enough and neither Castro nor Khruschev actually expected the US to comply. It’s all BS anyway…45 years later we’re still waiting for change.

  7. LOTS of people are idiots on JFK. Even now, despite all that’s come out that was deliberately not revealed earlier (and for good reason). The guy was a photogenic fraud whose ambition and arrogance far exceeded his capacity for the office he attained (at least in part through Chicago mayor Richard Daley’s illicit maneuvers at election time).

    It galls me no end to see Caroline Kennedy (or any other Kennedy) acting like the heir of a certified saint, as if I’m supposed to bow my head and nod whenever she speaks “in his name.” The guy flat out traded Cuba’s freedom for a seemingly graceful way out of the Missile Crisis, for which he was ultimately fully responsible.

    I don’t want to hear one word on any topic from any Kennedy before they fully admit how badly JFK screwed Cubans and at least apologize for it (which of course will never happen). Failing that, every Kennedy on earth can kiss my ass.

  8. As a long-time ditto-head, I can confirm that Rush is no fan of JFK. I disagree with Rush on some things (the Cuba embargo being one glaring difference); that said, he often uses JFK as a point of comparison — tax cuts, the Berlin speech, his willingness to confront Communism, despite his failures, etc. — with today’s flavor of idiot fellow traveler liberals. Rush is a Ronald Reagan conservative. His bona fides on that count are impeccable.

  9. Dear thinwhiteduke,

    I suggest that you Google “vienna summit”. I think that you will find a consensus that Krushchev bullied JFK and judged him to be weak. This led the USSR to test Kennedy with the nukes in Cuba.

    I was in military intelligence at the time of the crisis. I can’t disclose much. Kennedy blinked. The net result was that we removed our Jupiter missiles from Turkey. Victory USSR.

    The next step was for the USSR to start pouring military equipment and advisors into North Vietnam. The Kennedy administration judged that they had to be stopped there or we were in real trouble.


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