Obama’s shameful trip to Cuba today brought back memories of the 1959 Castro revolution in that once-beautiful Caribbean country. The far left in the United States was, of course, ecstatic, when Castro and his revolutionaries took control of things, but overall public sentiment changed quickly when images of Castro’s thugs executing “enemies of the revolution” started appearing on American television screens.
In those days, most Democrats were not liberal fascists, so JFK was determined to get rid of Fidel. His solution was the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion by CIA-trained Cuban exiles, but it lasted only three days and was an embarrassing failure for the president.
The only other official attempt by the U.S. to rid Cuba of Castro was Operation Mongoose in 1962. The details of that operation are still murky, but it was another embarrassing failure for JFK, especially so when it became public knowledge that the Kennedy administration had hired the Mafia to assassinate Castro.
As I watched brother Raul follow in the footsteps of other brutal dictators around the world and play Obama for a fool on international television, what came to mind was a question I first thought about when I was a young adult and witnessed people in Cuba being tied to trees and executed:
Why didn’t the United States act overtly instead of covertly to overthrow Castro’s communist regime? Why didn’t JFK just send in the first team and use overwhelming force to crush Fidel and his communist thugs?
There would have been civilian casualties, to be sure, but the long-term result would have been millions of people not having to live in communist-style poverty and oppression over the past 57 years.
It’s amazing to me that we get involved in so many skirmishes and wars around the globe, killing thousands of innocent civilians in the process (“collateral damage”), but we can’t take a few days to put an end to a brutal communist regime less than a hundred miles from the Fountainebleau Hotel.
Not to worry, though. Obama is now on Cuba’s case, and he’ll whip those commies in line in a hurry. Yep, I can already see it — a red line in the Caribbean. That’s sure to scare the heck out of Raul and Fidel.