Like never before in recent times, Cubans are protesting by the thousands. And they have good reason: Their vicious, unendingly cruel, inept, corrupt communist bosses have mishandled the coronavirus, put the economy to sleep, kept food out and medicine out of the way, and converted liberty to just a word, nothing real.
What should the United States do? Can we help these people?
Yes, we can.
We have the capability to devise concrete and meaningful means to the point of change and rescue, not another Bay of Pigs-like episode.
In that travesty, President John F. Kennedy had promised to support rebels streaming over Cuba’s southwestern coast to attack Fidel Castro’s suffocating autocracy. Some plans went amiss, and JFK made victory and freedom impossible by calling off airstrikes.
In response to the invasion and American missiles in Turkey, the Soviets started moving nuclear missiles into Cuba. While making unannounced concessions, Kennedy boldly stood up and had them dismantled and returned.
Castro had led the 1959 Cuban Revolution against Fulgencio Batista, a military dictator backed by the United States, and it was no wonder that many in America initially stood up for this rebel with a cause.