According to her new book, let’s add Juanita Castro to the umpteen gazillion Cuban exiles who for weeks prior to Oct. 16th 1962, warned U.S. officials of Soviet Missiles in Cuba.
Camelot’s enormous gratitude was evident in the October 14, 1962 edition of the TV program “Issues and Answers,” where a disdainful McGeorge Bundy (JFK’s National Security Advisor) made himself very clear on national TV.:”Refugee rumors,” he sneered at the eyewitness reports from Cuban exiles about Soviet missiles – reports the Cubans had been giving the State Department and CIA for weeks by then, after risking their lives to obtain them.
“Nothing in Cuba presents a threat to the United States,” continued Bundy, barely masking his scorn. “There’s no likelihood that the Soviets or Cubans would try and install an offensive capability in Cuba.” stressesd the former Harvard Faculty Dean.
Pres. Kennedy himself sounded off the following day: “There’s fifty-odd-thousand Cuban refugees in this country,” he sneered, “all living for the day when we go to war with Cuba. They’re the ones putting out this kind of stuff.”
Exactly 48 hours later, U-2 photos sat on JFK’s desk, revealing those “refugee rumors” sitting in Cuba, nuclear armed, and pointed directly at Bundy, Kennedy and his entire staff of sagacious Ivy League wizards.
Problem was, Cuban exiles were then mostly dealing with JFK’s Hahhh-vad men. Ever try arguing with one..HAH!
“I’ve dealt with a fairly rich assortment of exiles in the past, ” grumbled Kennedy CIA honcho Desmond Fitzgerald. “But none can compare with these Cubans for genuine stupidity and militant childishness. At times I feel sorry for Castro–a sculptor in silly putty.”
You will be flabbergasted to hear that Desmond “Des” Fitzgerald was a Camelot CIA man from central casting, Harvard educated and a Kennedy family intimate.
You will also be flabbergasted to hear that this brilliant and crafty Fitzgerald had recruited and entrusted a Castro double-agent (about which most of those “genuinely and militantly stupid” Cuban exiles had repeatedly warned him) to snuff Castro. Fitzgerald’s man was handing Cubela the snuffing device in Paris on Nov. 22, 1963….
About which more in Nov 23rd’s Babalu edition.