Politicizing Hunger: Roots of the Cuban Embargo

By March 1960, just barely over a year after the Cuban Revolution, the U.S. decided that it was time to punish the Cuban people for allowing Castro to take power in Cuba. As explained in the Memorandum of Discussion at the 436th Meeting of the National Security Council, Washington, March 10, 1960: Mr. Dillon [Under …

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Cuba’s “Successful Defiance” of US Hemispheric Power

The reasons for US-lead terrorist attacks against Cuba and the illegal economic embargo are spelled out in internal US records. International terrorism and economic warfare are justified not by what Cuba does, but by its “very existence,” its “successful defiance” of the proper master of the hemisphere. Here are some internal records: March 22, 1960, Special …

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Robert Kennedy Orders “Terrors of the Earth” for Cuba

Minutes of Meeting of the Special Group on Operation Mongoose, 4 October 1962. Declassified Top Secret. The Attorney General opened the meeting by saying that higher authority is concerned about progress on the MONGOOSE program and feels that more priority should be given to trying to mount sabotage operations. The Attorney General said that he wondered …

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Pentagon Papers – The True Reason for the Vietnam War

Memo from Secretary of Defense McNamara to President Johnson November 3, 1965 Subject: Courses of Action in Vietnam Section 1. US strategy: The February decision to bomb North Vietnam and the July approval of Phase I deployments make sense only if they are in support of a long-run United States policy to contain Communist China. …

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Excerpts from the Manifesto of the Communist Party

Hi, Given the current and events of the recent past, I would argue that the Communist Manifesto should be required reading. Not so much for its revolutionary rhetoric, but instead for its ability to describe and warn of the dangers of a capitalist system ruled by a small elite. It goes without questions that there …

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U.S. Policy in Latin America: Dictatorships over Democracies

George F. Kennan was the U.S. State Department's premier expert on the Soviet Union and the author of the "containment" theory. His staunch view that the United States should fight communism at all costs was used to rationalize support for dictators throughout the world. The "Memorandum by the Counselor of the Department (Kennan) to the …

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