Confusing tyranny with liberty.
“Here’s my message to the Cuban government and the Cuban people: The ideals that are the starting point for every revolution, America’s revolution, Cuba’s revolution, the liberation movements around the world, these ideals find their truest expression, I believe, in democracy.” (U.S. President Obama, Havana Cuba, March 22, 2016.)
Let’s hope this astounding observation resulted from bad staff work. Because, in fact, from the mid-fifties on, both Obama’s recent host (Raul Castro) and his recent mural idol (Che Guevara) were Soviet agents committed to creating a Stalinist Cuba—a vassal to the Communist motherland.
Oh, I know, I know — the media, your professors, the History Channel, Francis Ford Coppola, etc., etc., all claim the Cuban revolutionaries were noble “nationalists” who were pushed kicking and screaming into the arms of Mother Russia by blockheaded Yankee “bullying.”
Pure and perfect baloney—like practically everything that the above sources claim about the Cuban Revolution.
In fact, the leaders of the Cuban “liberation movement” (as Obama calls it) were Soviet vassals from the get-go. Starting in the mid-fifties both were proudly and faithfully working for the Soviet Union. On a visit behind the Iron Curtain, in 1953, Raul Castro metand was assigned a KGB case-officer named Nikolai Leonov. Then, in 1955, while exiled in Mexico City, Raul Castro introduced Leonov to his new Argentinean friend Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
Probably no Bobby-Soxer ever swooned over Frank Sinatra like Guevara swooned that day. Probably no Beatle-maniac gaped, giggled and screamed at Paul McCartney like the smitten Guevara when introduced to a “gen-you-wine!” Stalinist apparatchik. You see, amigos, even at that tender age Ernesto Guevara was already boasting that in his view, “the solution to the world’s problems lie behind the Iron Curtain” and signing his correspondence as “Stalin II.” Yes, it was love at first sight.
Oh, I know, I know — in the movie “Motorcycle Diaries,” Robert Redford depicts Ernesto Guevara as an idealistic youth anguished over the plight of the poor and yearning to alleviate it—a Peace Corps volunteer by another name. In fact, from his political infancy forward, Guevara was always a hard-core Stalinist. So yes, both Raul Castro and Ernest “Che” Guevara functioned as wind-up toys for a Spanish-speaking KGB agent named Nikolai Leonov.
Raul and Che had barely entered Havana, in January 1959, when more of their Soviet chums showed up to eagerly offer some “hands-on” advice—which was eagerly accepted and implemented.