As if we needed any more evidence of the laughing-stock Obama’s policies ( all carrot, no stick) have made us in Latrine America!
The (very accurate) headline on this post is from a recent story in EFE (in Spanish here) where Leonov essentially laughs off the tangible results of President Obama’s recent “wooing” of Latin America. Somebody like Leonov, who started his career under Stalin and served during the Soviet invasions of Hungary and Czechoslovakia, knows how international “wooing” actually works.
Some background: Nikolai Leonov is a Russian history professor nowadays–and a (genuine) Latin American expert. You see, he “was formerly” a KGB colonel and that agency’s main man in Latin America–all during the cold war. So few people can attest to U.S. imbecility in that region like Colonel Leonev.
“Fidel Castro should feel satisfied and triumphant,” gloats Leonov. “Everyone will now want to shake his hand like a saint, like a biblical figure and take a picture with him.”
Leonov also confirmed something stressed for years here at Babalu: “The so-called re-establishment of relations (between the U.S. and Cuba) is really no big deal. These relations were already in place.” To wit:
“In 1958 with Cuba under a “U.S.-backed dictator,” with the U.S. “controlling Cuba’s economy,” etc. the staff of the U.S. embassy in Cuba numbered 87, including Cuban employees.
In 2014 with supposedly no diplomatic relations with Cuba the U.S. the staff of the U.S. Interest Section in Havana numbers 351 including Cuban employees. In fact, for well over a decade the U.S. has had twice as many diplomatic personnel in Havana as Canada and Mexico combined. In the Twilight Zone occupied by the U.S. media this is termed “diplomatic isolation.”
Leonev became Raul Castro’s case-officer in 1953 and Che Guevara’s in 1956. This datum is not disclosed in the EFE article but is exposed with full documentation by this Babalu poster.
Please note the dates 1953 and 1956, because–surely adding to Colonel Leonev’s merriment when he thinks of U.S. policy in Latin America–here’s what the CIA was saying in 58-59:
“Don’t worry. We’ve infiltrated Castro’s guerrilla group in the Sierra Mountains. The Castro brothers and Ernesto “Che” Guevara have no affiliations with any Communists whatsoever.” (crackerjack Havana CIA station chief Jim Noel 1958.)
“Me and my staff were all Fidelistas,” boasted Robert Reynolds, the CIA’s “Caribbean Desk’s specialist on the Cuban Revolution” from 1957-1960. Reynolds was visiting Cuba and chumming it up with Fidel himself at the time of his boast, during a conference” in 2001.
“Everyone in the CIA and everyone at State was pro-Castro, except (Republican) ambassador Earl Smith.” (CIA operative in Santiago Cuba 1957’59, Robert Weicha.)
In brief, when Nikolai Leonev speaks (laughs) at U.S. bumbling in Latin America we should all think of those old E. F Hutton commercials….
Did Europeans and Latrine Americans laugh at Teddy Roosevelt’s foreign policy? Or where they a bit more circumspect in their opinions and behavior?????