“To the contrary, Castro could not have seized power in Cuba without the aid of the United States. American Government agencies and the United States press played a major role in bringing Castro to power….As the U.S. Ambassador to Cuba during the Castro-Communist revolution of 1957–1959, I had first-hand knowledge of the facts which brought about the rise of Fidel Castro….The State Department consistently intervened—positively, negatively, and by innuendo—to bring about the downfall of President Fulgencio Batista, thereby making it possible for Fidel Castro to take over the Government of Cuba.” (In December 1958 U.S. Ambassador to Cuba, E. T. Smith was instructed by the Eisenhower administration to ask Batista to step down, which he did. In 1959 Castro, the new ruler of Cuba, was a guest speaker at the CFR. Three years later Soviet missiles were pointing at the United States. New York Times, 1979.)

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