A “Ticklish” Position

Jana K. Lipman

in Guantanamo

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255395
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942370 | DOI:
A “Ticklish” Position

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Victor Davis' GTMO profession began just after World War II, survived the Cuban revolution, and continued until his retirement in 2005. Victor was born in Banes, where his Jamaican parents worked in the environs of the United Fruit Company. Victor Davis spoke only implicitly about the Cuban revolution and the subsequent “ticklish” problems confronting base workers. He saw GTMO's transformation from a base defined by debauchery to a military outpost defined by Cold War hostilities. He tried to find a balance between these two poles, and he was more successful than most. Victor remained in his job, but now he had to satisfy the U.S. Navy and revolutionary officials. The U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay remained a potent icon and physical reminder of U.S. imperialism. Victor insistently did not include a U.S. withdrawal from Guantánamo Bay when President Eisenhower broke diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961 as one of his last acts of state.

Keywords: Victor Davis; Banes; Cold War; imperialism; U.S. Navy

Chapter.  18523 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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