Infinity asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

Why didn't the U.S set up an air base in Cuba during WWII?

Cuba was an important part of the allied forces in WWII. It would have been logical for the U.S to set an air base there. An air base there would have had the added benefit of preventing the Cuban revolution. If the air base was later expanded into a missile base, it would have made things a lot easier for JFK. The Soviets would never have been able to set up missiles aimed at the U.S. Why wasn't American policy more proactive? Shouldn't somewhere of such close proximity to the U.S have taken precedence over distant locations such as Korea? Why were American priorities backwards 70 years ago?

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  • 1 month ago

    This would take several days to express the whys of. There was and possibly still is a unpublished relationship between organized crime, Cuban history and several other factors they do not broach in US history courses. I honestly don't think that at any point in Cuban history have that Cubans have ever wanted a US presence on that or in that Island Nation. The Cubans were promised autonomy if they helped defeat the Spaniards. It was with some hesitancy that the US was able to lease Getmo. Factually our presence there even now is a violation of Cuban autonomy.

    We had the base and still have a base there. While the air base is no safe to fly into or out of with winged aircraft, it still exists. It would have taken more then just an air base to deal with Castro. The island is with in flight distance of other airbases so the solution to the Cuban problem is not air power.

  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Geographically, why would it have been good militarily for the USA to have had an airbase in Cuba in WW2? The USA was busy fighting Japan in the Pacific, and Germany in Europe. There was no threat to the USA which could have been countered by an airbase in the northern Caribbean, given the sort of aircraft and their range of operation available at that time.

    Before it got involved in WW2 in December 1941, the USA was trying to keep out of international involvement in conflict, thus had no need for external bases.

  • Athena
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    First, there was no "Air force" in WW2. You had Army Air and Navy Air.

    Second, you want FDR to predict Castro and help out JFK twenty years in the future?

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The US had an airbase in Cuba during WW2. McCall Field at Guantanamo Bay was established in 1931and was operational until 1970.

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  • 1 month ago

    There was no need and therefore it was illogical for there to be an air base in Cuba during WW II. There was no air threat from Germany. There was no threat of a revolution that didn't happen for almost twenty years after Cuba entered the war.

  • jimmy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The USA needs permission from the host country to set up bases. The USA have a naval base on Diego Garcia, they needed permission from the British government because it's a British overseas territory.

  • 1 month ago

    Hi. It is because they have too many cigars there and it is bad for the pilots.

  • 1 month ago

    The US did have a naval harbor, with a supporting airfield, at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba before, during, and after WW2.

    • Infinity
      Lv 5
      1 month agoReport

      The article says nothing about missiles or the air force. Also, why was the U.S more preoccupied with Korea than its own backyard?

  • Ummmmm.... We have a huge naval base there that includes an airfield. So your question seems a bit ill informed.

    • If you're interested in the topic, you should read books by an authoritative source (e.g. history professors). Because you really seem to have some misunderstandings. Also, I saw a PBS program about the rise of Castro a few years ago. (On Frontline, probably?) You might be able to find that on-line

  • 1 month ago

    No need. We had 100 British Islands in the Caribbean closer to where we needed Air Bases. And go look on a map how far in the Atlantic Bermuda is.

    • FYI, another common mistake is for people to think the Bahamas is in the Caribbean. Just pointing that out cause I made that mistake a few days ago :)

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