“I would have never abandoned you guys on the bloody beaches of Giron.” (Richard Nixon to a Brigadista 1988)

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“In 1988 while I was building Bebe Rebozo’s house in Key Biscayne, Richard Nixon showed up with his friend Rebozo, who introduced me as a Bay of Pigs veteran. Nixon, while saying goodbye, came over and told me: “As presdident I would never have abandoned you guys on those bloody beaches of Playa Giron.” Jose Suara Silverio

(H/T to our friend Frank Resillez)

4 thoughts on ““I would have never abandoned you guys on the bloody beaches of Giron.” (Richard Nixon to a Brigadista 1988)”

  1. Humberto,
    Why didn’t Nixon try to do anything to at least make trouble inside Cuba for the Castros? He was an anti communist. What deal did Kennedy make that made it impossible for every president after him to keep hands off the island and why do all presidents honor it?
    I know there was Viet Nam and it might have been difficult, but wasn’t there ever a moment when he could have done something?

  2. Nixon was anti-Communist but also a “Realpolitiker.” (He shook hands with Mao, after all) In 1968, the REALITY was that Castro was seriously entrenched, lavished with Soviet weapons, woulda taken a major, major effort to oust him….and of course Nixon had much more pressing matters, inheriting Viet-Nam from the Democrats. 1961 the REALITY was a vastly different matter. Cuba then was ripe for rebellion and Nixon had already taken Khruschev’s measure–knew he could bully him. The exact reverse was the case with Khruschev and JFK.

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