<i>Operation</i> Fin de Fidel <i>and U.S. Weapons: Anti-Americanism Ascendant</i>

Thomas G. Paterson

in Contesting Castro

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780195101201
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854189 | DOI:
Operation Fin de Fidel and U.S. Weapons: Anti-Americanism Ascendant

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“It is nearly impossible not to intervene in a country as closely associated as with us as Cuba,” Earl E. T. Smith stated a few years after being ambassador. Smith intervened to save the Batista regime and to avoid the victory of Castro and his rebels; he failed. He and the Eisenhower administration failed because Batista's cruel behavior alienated the Cuban citizens and because U.S. intervention actions and decisions ignited hostility among anti-Batista groups. President Eisenhower seemed detached from the key decisions in this issue. He left the deciding factor to his allies, comfortable with a style that kept him unaware of details and that presented him with conflicts only when they were to reach a point of severity.

Keywords: Earl E. T. Smith; Batista; Castro; U.S. intervention; Eisenhower

Chapter.  4507 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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