Well. I’ll be damned if you didn’t hit this one right on the head Mr. Walt.
Thank you for saying what needs to be said.
These words: “Castro visited Washington, DC, seeking assistance and was given a cold shoulder”
say, what most Americans don’t know or have forgotten.
“Cuba Libre – Mundo Libre”
To Cuba and Back by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. of a visit in 1859 and The Island That Dared, Journeys in Cuba by Dervla Murphy published in 2008. The US has been interested in acquiring Cuba almost from the very birth of the Republic. Spain refused to sell, and the Spanish-American War in 1898 allowed the US to acquire the island as well as other Spanish possessions including the Philippines. We occupied Cuba on and off during the early 1900s. When we weren’t there as occupiers, we controlled much of the island’s economy and politics remotely. Finally in 1959, Fidel Castro led a successful revolution to change the status quo. Castro visited Washington, DC, seeking assistance and was given a cold shoulder. He then turned to the Soviet Union for assistance. JFK was attempting to better relations with Castro just before his death.
The US imposed an embargo on Cuba…
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