As the United States and Cuba engage in hard bargaining over how to normalize relations in 2015, it worth remembering that President Kennedy was seeking the same goal when he was assassinated in November 1963.
In this ABC News broadcast in April 1963, Cuban president Fidel Castro talked about his desire to settle differences with Washington. JFK was listening.
While Obama will not shy away from discussing human rights, “the difference here is that in the past, because of certain U.S. policies, the message that was delivered in that regard either overtly or implicitly suggested that the United States was seeking to pursue regime change . . . or the United States thought we could dictate the direction of Cuba,” Rhodes said.
Cuban-Americans, who increasingly favor Obama’s Cuba policy in general, have tended to oppose his intentions to visit the Caribbean state. A survey made on December 17, 2015, by Bendixen & Amandi International, a Hispanic and multicultural research firm, found that 56 percent of Cuban-Americans agree with Obama’s normalization of ties between the two countries and 53 percent think the U.S. embargo on Cuba should not continue
Only a few weeks later, Attorney General Robert Kennedy secretly recruited Donovan to undertake an even more dramatic mission, equally worthy of a Hollywood spy thriller: negotiating with Fidel Castro for the freedom of more than 1100 imprisoned members of the CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion force;
Secretary of State John Kerry opens the U.S. Embassy in Havana on August 14, 2015.
The 1999 Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board singled out President Clinton’s State Department of a lack of cooperation asserting it “obviously did not consider pursuit of foreign records about the Kennedy assassination to be a priority,“and “more of a hindrance than help“.
David S. Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States (AOTUS), has an ongoing duty to ensure that all assassination records are obtained before the provisions of the JFK Act fully expire. Write his blog and tell him the State Department needs to come into compliance with the law. Read more
The National Declassification Center announced yesterday the release of long-classified records on General Edward Lansdale and Cuba that may help complete the historical record of the end of the Kennedy administration.
Along with growing signs that U.S. and Cuban embassies are set to open soon—a move that will boost our diplomatic influence in the region—there’ve been more than a few signs that the U.S.-Cuba relationship is moving forward and not looking back.
In OpEd News Bill Simpich calls attention to two CIA conspiracies to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro in the early 1960s. As U.S.-Cuba relations improve, he hopes the government in Havana will share more information about these deadly doings.
The CIA has credible information implicating seven Cuban government officials in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 that it has never made public, according to Brian Latell, a retired agency analyst.
Brian Latell, former CIA analyst
“The Kennedy assassination should be added to the agenda for official Cuban-American negotiations,” Latell recently told JFK Facts. A retired CIA employee who served as the agency’s National Intelligence Officer for Cuba from 1990 to 1994, Latell first made the allegations in his 2013 book, Castro’s Secrets. He elaborated on his views in an email interview.
Latell’s allegations come at a turning point in U.S.-Cuba relations.