Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Assassination Rhumba

A half-century ago, the Cuban missile crises began. On October 16, 1962, President John F. Kennedy learned that the Soviet Union was secretly installing missiles in Castro’s cuba. He responded by putting American forces on their highest state of alert and giving the Soviet Union an ultimatum: Remove the missiles or face nuclear war. Thirteen days later, the Soviet Union acquisced. The missiles were removed but Fidel Castro remained in power. JFK then decided to remove Castro by other means, a decision that resulted in 1963 in a deadly dance of assassination between the CIA and Castro’s intelligence service. It ended on November 22, 1963. How did it play out– and back fire? See my book The Assassination Rhumba