Why did we let those commies have Cuba? Why didn't we send the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard down there and send Castro?
and Che running with their tails between their legs?
- 3 weeks ago
Because it’s a foreign country and we did not want to risk a nuclear war.
- 3 weeks ago
Cuba had 20,000 Soviet troops at one point stationed in the island.
America was more interested in stopping the spread of communism in South Vietnam.
- capitalgentlemanLv 73 weeks ago
At the time, Cuba was backed by the Soviet Union, and such a thing would have led to WWIII. Not fun. The people of Cuba fought for communism, and, they got what they fought for. So far, dissatisfaction has not reached levels where they want to do anything about it.
- jeeper_peeper321Lv 73 weeks ago
Kennedy chickened out
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- JasonLv 73 weeks ago
1) Have you not heard of the Bay of Pigs?
2) We DID consider invading Cuba during the missile crisis. The majority of the JCS and NSC were in favor of an invasion. There was a Marine Corps general by the name of David Shoup who addressed the Joint Chiefs. He projected a map on the wall of the U.S. Over that map, was overlaid a projection of Cuba -- showing the island's size comparison. It's a big island; it extended from Chicago all the way to New York. On top of that map was a small dot, barely visible at that scale. It was less than half the size of Chicago. That dot was the island of Betio in the South Pacific.
Everyone shut up. They knew exactly what he meant.
Col. David Shoup earned the Medal of Honor during the invasion of Betio during WWII. Over the course of just 76 hours, that tiny little island saw over 1,000 Marines die and more than 2,300 wounded. Invading Betio cost the Marine Corps dearly for that tiny atoll. Invading Cuba was NOT going to be the cakewalk everyone in that room wanted it to be. It was going to be a huge, bloody affair and the American public did not have the stomach for thousands of casualties once again so soon after WWII and Korea. General Shoup convinced Kennedy that Cuba would be a long, painful struggle. We could do it, but it would not come without a severe cost.
And so we didn't invade and still haven't.
- 3 weeks ago
- StarryskyLv 74 weeks ago
The beginning of the Castro control seemed to be a popular uprising by the masses against Batista repression. It was a surprise to the US government to see Castro declare himself a communist and align with USSR and Kruschev. The Castro dictatorship became even more repressive and murderous than the Batista regime.
By that time, it was too late to do anything about Castro by US forces. The very tentative backing of the expatriates' force at Bay of Pigs years after was withdrawn by Kennedy and it led to disaster. Only by trading prisoners for tractors could some of the prisoners be released from the Cuban jails.
- JohnLv 74 weeks ago
Around 1961, Russians sent nuke loaded missiles to Cuba until JFK ordered Russia to take them back home.
- MercuryLv 74 weeks ago
Perhaps nobody wanted to risk a Nuclear war.