Thu 13 Feb, 2014 10:00 pm
The problem with Castro
In the case of Cuba, the State Department policy planning council explained:
"The primary danger we face in Castro is … in the impact the very existence of his regime has upon the leftist movement in many Latin American countries … The simple fact is that Castro represents a successful defiance of the US, a negation of our whole hemispheric policy of almost a century and a half."
An excellent article that describes the incompetence of JFK and the rest of his administration. These are the kinds of incompetents that the American people trust with their money and their lives.
Cuban missile crisis: how the US played Russian roulette with nuclear war
President Kennedy is often lauded for managing the crisis. The reality is he took stunning risks to impose American hegemony
Monday 15 October 2012 19.16 BST 656 comments
The world stood still 50 years ago during the last week of October, from the moment when it learned that the Soviet Union had placed nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba until the crisis was officially ended – though, unknown to the public, only officially.
The image of the world standing still is due to Sheldon Stern, former historian at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library, who published the authoritative version of the tapes of the ExComm meetings where Kennedy, and a close circle of advisers, debated how to respond to the crisis. The meetings were secretly recorded by the president, which might bear on the fact that his stand throughout the recorded sessions is relatively temperate, as compared to other participants who were unaware that they were speaking to history. Stern has just published an accessible and accurate review of this critically important documentary record, finally declassified in the 1990s. I will keep to that here. "Never before or since," he concludes, "has the survival of human civilization been at stake in a few short weeks of dangerous deliberations," culminating in the Week the World Stood Still.