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New Year's Eve in Havana 1958—Take it Away, Godfather II
Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2018 | Humberto Fontova

Posted on 12/29/2018 6:09:42 AM PST by Kaslin

We all saw it in the Fake News Media’s top educational source on the Cuban revolution, right? It’s New Year's Eve 1958 in Havana and the “U.S.-backed dictator” Batista says goodbye to his crooked cronies (American and Cuban) at a lavish ball, then hightails it out of the country as the brave, noble and chivalrous Fidel Castro and Che Guevara close in on Havana.

So far so good—as far as the surface details go. But Hollywood’s implications in those scenes actually trash the truth.….

…..Oh? Does my phrase “Fake News Media’s top educational source” strikes some of my amigos as unnecessarily hyperbolic?” I understand. So here’s a sampling:

“I mean everybody who saw Godfather II knows what it was like when Castro took over,” NBC’s Chris Matthews, winner of the “David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast.”)

“Everything I know about pre-Castro Cuba I learned from Godfather 2!” (Jon Stewart, long-hailed as the TOP news source for Americans under 40.)

The implications of those Godfather scenes mesh seamlessly with the Media/Academia’s cliché-ridden fables concerning Cuba. To wit:

Cliché No. 1: The plucky Castro brothers and Che Guevara succeeded in toppling a “U.S.-backed dictator,” whose patrons and puppeteers went instantly ballistic at his ousting.

The plucky Castro brothers and Che Guevara then “defied” a relentlessly hostile U.S. that worked ceaselessly to topple them.

In fact: Former U.S. Ambassador to Cuba, Earl T. Smith, during Congressional testimony in 1960, declared flatly: "We put Castro in power." He referred to the U.S. State Department and CIA's role in aiding, both morally and materially, the Castro rebels, to their pulling the rug out from under Batista with an arms embargo, and finally to the U.S. order that Batista vacate Cuba. Ambassador Smith knew something about these events because he personally delivered the messages to Batista, who was then denied exile in the U.S.

"Me and my staff were all Fidelistas," boasted Robert Reynolds, the CIA's "Caribbean Desk's specialist on the Cuban Revolution" from 1957-1960. "Everyone in the CIA and everyone at State were pro-Castro, except Ambassador Earl Smith." This statement is from former CIA operative in Santiago Cuba, Robert Weicha. The U.S. gave Castro's regime its official benediction more rapidly than it had recognized Batista's in 1952, and lavished it with $200 million in subsidies.

In August 1959, the liberal U.S. ambassador to Cuba, Philip Bonsal, even alerted Castro to a conspiracy against his regime by anti-communist Cubans. Thanks in part to Ambassador Bonsal's solicitude for a regime then insulting his nation as "a vulture preying on humanity!" and poised to steal $2 billion from U.S. stockholders, the anti-Castro plot was foiled, hundreds of the plotters imprisoned or executed, and the regime that three years later came closest to vaporizing many of America's biggest cities (including Bonsal's home) with nuclear missiles, survived.

In 1958, at the very time the U.S. State Dept. and CIA were helping his movement, Castro had written in confidence to a colleague, "War with the U.S. is my true destiny." Castro had sent armed guerrillas to attempt the violent overthrow of four sovereign Latin American countries, stole $2 billion from American businessmen at Czech machine-gun point, invited in thousands of Soviet military and police agents, kidnapped 50 U.S. citizens from Guantanamo Bay, and jailed and executed several Americans before we lifted a finger against him.

In fact, during this period the State Dept. made over 10 back channel diplomatic attempts to ascertain the cause of Castro's tantrums. Argentine President Arturo Frondizi was the conduit for many of these and recounts their utter futility in his memoirs.

Then the coup-de grace: “We ended up getting exactly what we'd wanted all along," snickered Nikita Khrushchev in his memoirs about the Cuban Missile Crisis Resolution:

"Security for Fidel Castro's regime and American missiles removed from Turkey. Until today the U.S. has complied with her promise not to interfere with Castro and not to allow anyone else to interfere with Castro. After Kennedy's death, his successor Lyndon Johnson assured us that he would keep the promise not to invade Cuba."

Henry Kissinger, as Gerald Ford's secretary of state, renewed the pledge. After the Missile Crisis "resolution," Castro's "defiance" of the U.S. took the form of the U.S. Coast Guard and even the British Navy (when some intrepid exile freedom fighters moved their operation to the Bahamas) shielding him from exile attacks. Far from "defying" a superpower, Castro hid behind the skirts of two superpowers, plus the British Empire.

Cliché no. 2: Pre-Castro Cuba was a veritable U.S. colony, greedily exploited by U.S. corporations and by her most notorious gangsters who maintained the hapless island as a sordid casino and bordello teeming with wretchedly poor and desperate natives. Castro and Che Guevara rectified this shameful condition.

The Facts: Cuba’s tourism industry as a whole generated $60 million in 1958. Havana by itself had 42 hotels. The Mob reputedly had financial interest in 7 of these–and these didn’t include among them Cuba’s biggest hotel, the Habana Hilton. Instead the biggest hotel on the island was majority owned by the pension plan of the Cuban Federation of Gastronomic Food Workers. This fully-documented historical datum, needless to add, doesn’t mesh well with the fairy tale narrative about Cuba’s horribly exploited working class of the time, now does it?”

And to cap it all off: in 1950 more Cubans (out of a population of six million) vacationed in the U.S., than Americans (out of 200 million) vacationed in Cuba. At that time, Cubans didn't come to the U.S. in any great numbers to settle. In fact as a percentage of population, Cuba took in more immigrants (primarily from Europe) in the early 20th century than did the U.S. In the 1950s, when Cubans were perfectly free to emigrate with all their property and U.S. visas were issued to them for the asking, fewer Cubans lived in the U.S. than Americans lived in Cuba.


TOPICS: Cuba; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: batista; castro; cuba; hollywood; movies

1 posted on 12/29/2018 6:09:42 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

bump


2 posted on 12/29/2018 6:12:05 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: Kaslin

Just one of many examples of how the US State Department gets ‘coopted’ by partisan and even traitorous employees with private agendas. The term “Foggy Bottom” is used by many because the public pronouncements and actual actions of this organization are frequently clouded and deliberately made obscure. It appears that many in the State Department KNOW that they KNOW better than their betters, especially those who have been elected by those idiot voters!


3 posted on 12/29/2018 6:18:28 AM PST by SES1066 (Happiness is a depressed Washington, DC housing market!)
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To: Kaslin

I wonder what Humberto has to say about the Bay of Pigs


4 posted on 12/29/2018 6:21:42 AM PST by treetopsandroofs
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To: Kaslin

Man, that Johnny O’la knew where to party!


5 posted on 12/29/2018 6:37:59 AM PST by CharleysPride (Peace, Freedom and Prosperity. Thank you, President Trump.)
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To: Kaslin

Take aways from an work of fiction, idiots.


6 posted on 12/29/2018 6:46:07 AM PST by UB355 (Slower tAraffic keep right)
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To: foreverfree

“”Me and my staff were all Fidelistas,” boasted Robert Reynolds, the CIA’s “Caribbean Desk’s specialist on the Cuban Revolution” from 1957-1960. “Everyone in the CIA and everyone at State were pro-Castro,...”

Hence, Bay of Pigs disaster, and Kennedy’s assassination.


7 posted on 12/29/2018 6:48:35 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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>> “Me and my staff ...

Seems that his command of the English language matches his command of the situation. No doubt he was among the idiot gigglers who drooled over Bill Murray’s masked “Down with the Shah” skit.


8 posted on 12/29/2018 7:18:48 AM PST by QBFimi (It is not your responsibility to finish the work of perfecting the world... Tarfon)
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To: Kaslin

>> “Me and my staff ...

Seems that his command of the English language matches his command of the situation. No doubt he was among the idiot gigglers who drooled over Bill Murray’s masked “Down with the Shah” skit.


9 posted on 12/29/2018 7:19:17 AM PST by QBFimi (It is not your responsibility to finish the work of perfecting the world... Tarfon)
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To: Kaslin
I grew up in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas and I was in my last year of high school in 1958. I remember that we (average US citizens) called Castro "The man of the White Horse" as a title of great respect.
I remember monies being collected in churches on Sunday mornings to send to Castro. I remember WE were told that the Castro family members were very devout Christians and deserved our support.
We were told that Batista was a tin-horn little dictator and Castro was the savior of Cuba.
I know that he had the total support of The US Government and the man in the street as well.
10 posted on 12/29/2018 10:17:29 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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Ah my FRiend from the RGV. I was there in 1957 when hubby was stationed at Harlingen AFB. My son was born in Valley Baptist Hospital. Even then, I really didn’t like Mexico. Still don’t.

I went to Havana with friends in 2000. At the time, you could just buy a ticket and go, no law against it. The law was against spending money in Cuba, which supported the enemy. We got around it by purchasing the entire trip including good hotel from an American travel agent who claimed he knew Castro.

1958 - 2000, what an incredible difference in Havana. It was falling down, people were dirt poor, there was exactly NOTHING for a tourist to buy. Not a single coffee shop or restaurant except in tourist hotels. Party bigwigs driving around in Mercedes, regular people in 1957 rattletrap cars.

And my favorite example: a wonderful ice-cream shop right on the Malecon overlooking the ocean. Best ice cream ever. Castro let it stay open because he liked the stuff...but only party bigwigs could go there. Ordinary people had no money...and if they did, they’d be shot.

Yum Yum, Fidel.

AS we flew back from Havana, I wondered about the poor people in the water below trying to escape from that hellhole to America.

And sure enough....in the water at exactly that time was a boat carrying little Elian Gonzalez and his poor mother who died. Terrible brouhaha about Elian’s arrival on his own and finally Clinton sent him back to Castro. Castro was a sadistic monster with billions in offshore banks while Cubans literally starved.

I visited the Cuban section of University of Miami library and read actual newspapers from the week before Castro rode in. Advertisements for all kinds of nice Christmas presents and lovely dinners at good restaurants, society pages announcing parties, everyone was in a terrific mood.

No papers for a couple of days, then WHA, nothing but Casgtro this Castro that...the savior.....who shut down everything and everyone. Poor poor people. Sigh. Democrats of course always loved Castro.


11 posted on 12/29/2018 3:30:42 PM PST by Veto! (Veto! (Political Correctness Offends Me))
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To: Kaslin

I know it was you, Fredo - you broke my heart.....


12 posted on 12/29/2018 3:35:43 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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