“Cuban spies can be especially difficult to catch,” lament U.S. intelligence officials, “because the Cuban government specializes in recruiting ”true believers” rather than agents who are out to make money.”
Well how about:
“The Toast of Manhattan!” crowed Time magazine about Castro’s reception by Manhattan’s Beautiful People on his visit to address the U.N. General assembly in 1996, upon the U.N.’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
“The Hottest Ticket in Manhattan!” read a Newsweek story that week, referring to the social swirl that engulfed Castro. After Fidel’s whooping, hollering, foot-stomping ovation in the General Assembly, he was fêted by New York’s best and brightest, hobnobbing with dozens of Manhattan’s glitterati, pundits and power brokers.
First, there was dinner at the Council on Foreign Relations. After holding court there for a rapt David Rockefeller, along with Robert McNamara, Dwayne Andreas and Random House’s Harold Evans, Castro flashed over to Mort Zuckerman’s Fifth Avenue pad, where a throng of Beltway glitterati, including a breathless Mike Wallace, Peter Jennings, Tina Brown, Bernard Shaw and Barbara Walters, all jostled for a brief tryst, cooing and gurgling to Castro’s every comment.
All clamored for autographs and photo ops. Diane Sawyer was so overcome in the mass killer’s presence that she rushed up, broke into that toothy smile of hers, wrapped her arms around Castro and smooched him warmly on the cheek.
“You people are the cream of the crop!” beamed the Cuban Fuhrer to the smiling throng that surrounded him.
“Hear, hear!” chirped the delighted guests while tinkling their wine glasses in appreciation and glee.
And the murderer had barely scratched the surface of his fan club. According to the U.S. Cuba Trade and Economic Council, on that visit Castro received 250 dinner invitations from Manhattan celebrities and power brokers.
So who can doubt that Castro’s Intelligence officials are horribly overworked? How can they possibly process all the applicants from the U.S. Beltway on their “academic” and “Journalistic” visits to Cuba, all clamoring to help the regime that craved to incinerate them?