Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
President John Kennedy, in the second week of November in 1963, had informed his top aides -- including Pierre Salinger and Arthur Schlesinger Jr. -- that his "top priority" upon his return from Dallas would be "to normalize relations with Cuba." From President Kennedy in November of 1963 till President Obama in December of 2014, no President of the United States has been able to extricate America and its democracy from the iron grip of a Cuban policy that extreme right-wingers, such as the Dulles brothers in the outgoing Eisenhower administration, turned over to the incoming President Kennedy in 1960. For the first two years of his presidency, President Kennedy and his brother Robert dutifully carried out the Cuban policy they had inherited, including the ill-fated Bay of Pigs attack in 1961 that was intended to recapture Cuba and a series of CIA-Mafia-Cuban exile attempts to kill Fidel Castro. But by his his third year in office -- 1963 -- the young, handsome, charismatic and very popular President Kennedy felt he was powerful enough to normalize relations with Cuba and then easily win a re-election as President in 1964. He was wrong in November of 1963. And so, I'm afraid, is President Obama in December of 2014. Back in 1963 there were simply too many powerful entities benefiting from a foreign domination of Cuba. On the eve of 2015, that is still true. Democracy? Democracy has inexplicably been allowed to slip through the crevasse.