The Hemisphere: The U.S. & Castro

"What do you suppose, sir, is eating Castro?" rose the question in president Eisenhower's press conference last week, bringing a telling hoot of laughter from the newsmen. Eisenhower could only express bewilderment: "We are Cuba's best market, and you would think they would want good relationships. I don't know exactly what the difficulty is."

U.S. policy since Fidel Castro's rise to power has been a high-minded try at tolerance of the inevitable anti-U.S. excesses of a sweeping revolution; the policy was exemplified in the appointment of friendly, low-keyed Career Ambassador Philip Bonsai. But a fortnight ago Castro falsely charged that a pamphlet-dropping...

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