The Cold War against Cuba changed America

Jacob Hornberger on how the CIA’s war on how the Cold War Against Cuba Changed Us.

“In the post-9/11 era, Americans are now fully accustomed to assassination. Most everyone accepts the fact that the CIA assassinates people with regularity and with impunity and immunity. It’s become a normal part of America’s governmental structure, justified as part of the ‘war on terrorism,’ a war, we are told, is certain to last longer than the Cold War.”


13 thoughts on “The Cold War against Cuba changed America”

  1. The cold war did change us. I participated in a drill at Gust Elementary in Denver in 62 which changed me. We marched into the hall alphabetically to our spot on the hallway wall outside the classroom where we had a shelf, coat hook and place for our snow boots. We were told to get down on our knees, bend over with our heads in the snow boot storage area and place our hands behind our neck with fingers intertwined . I wondered if something bad was about to happen.

  2. I just read Jacob Hornberger’s article and I have no substantive arguments against it at all. Yes, the whole Cold War was a farce, burlesque, a theater of the absurd played out on human lives.
    But this same paradigm flows from WWII, which flows directly from WWI, which flows from the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, which all flows from the core problem of the International Banking Cabal which installed Woodrow Wilson’s regime leading to the Federal Reserve, designed and put into place by the same cabal that finances all sides in all wars and military conflicts; civil wars, revolutions, insurgencies, counter insurgencies and “police actions” as well as the two ‘declared’ world wars.
    For a deep history lesson watch this:

  3. Arnaldo M. Fernandez

    Hornberger´s piece starts with a fat anachronism: “During the 1950s and 1960s, the CIA made multiple attempts to assassinate Cuba’s ruler, Fidel Castro”. There is no CIA attempt reported in the 1950s, but just the suggestion by J.C. King, given by anti-Castro Cubans, on November 1959. Hornberger also exaggerates: the Cold War as itself, not only against Cuba, changed America.

    1. Well, this country was already staging or assisting some terrorist attacks against Cuba in 1959, and I’m sure there was serious talk about murdering Castro by the end of that year, even if there were no actual attempts. I suppose it’s a matter of whether you consider the word or the deed to be the commencement of the Kill Castro conspiracy.

    2. Ronnie Wayne

      I don’t agree with the end of Hornberger’s article in one respect. I celebrate my freedom, what’s left of it, that I can post on this website. Freedom of speech is still our most important right. Even if the MSM has been corrupted by Big Bidness/Mockingbird.
      After reading one chapter of the above mentioned well documented book it is apparent Hornberger is not exaggerating the role of the Cold War, Cuba, Kruschev, Castro, Eisenhower and the traitor Dulles etc. in 58/59.

  4. One of America’s most serious and important historians, Dr. John M. Newman, has chosen America’s actions in relation to the ascendency to power of Castro as the focus of the first in his multi-volume work, The Assassination of President Kennedy: Where Angels Tread Lightly. This is an extraordinary, in-depth examination of the conditions and opposing factions within Cuba which led to Castro’s 26 of July movement and the Cuban Revolution. It describes how the United States responded to Castro, and introduces the figures of consequence who served as officers, assets and operatives within the fabric of America’s officially authorized Cuban operations. It provides the necessary context for many important questions pertaining to CIA operations during the Kennedy presidency.

    More information on Where Angel’s Tread Lightly may be found here:

    1. Ronnie Wayne

      Mr. Dale, thank you for YOUR work. I just received my copy of this book today. After reading the Acknowledgements, Prelude, Prologue and starting the Introduction I lost my urge to respond to Photon. Thanks to so many for helping me try to understand.
      Think I’ll read a bit more now.

      1. Thank you, Ronnie.

        Good call choosing constructive investment of your time rather than probably pointless engagement with those who would insist that nothing of significance may be learned about this issue since late September of 1964. Our host, Jeff Morley, has referred to “a new fact pattern” regarding our research into the JFK story:

        “We have a new fact pattern about the JFK story that demands attention. This fact pattern is both growing in scope and detail over time… I think what we are doing is, we are getting to the point where we can describe a fact pattern rather than argue about theories, and we can transcend the old lone nut/conspiracy debate.” Jefferson Morley, 27 Sept., 2015

        I find myself more interested in the journey we are undertaking, much more interested in new and developing areas of discovery, than I am concerned about the opinions of those who are determined to denounce our efforts and achievements.

        I appreciate your comment.

        My 2 hour conversation with Dr. Newman may be heard here:

  5. When the CIA tried assassinations during the Cold War, it created a big scandal, and Ford had to issue an executive order forbidding assassinations. Even if some may have happened secretly after that, it all had to be kept secret.

    So it was not the Cold War against Cuba that changed us. It was 9/11 and the War on Terror.

    I am now reading Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s “Guantanamo Diary”, a horrifying book. When “The Count of Monte Cristo” was a popular story (as book, play, and movie,) such treatment of prisoners — especially prisoners held unjustly — horrified Americans. So we certainly have changed.

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