The Americas: The Puppet Sovereign

All week long the martial music blared in Havana as Castro attempted to prove to the world that he was master of his own country and not merely a bedraggled and disregarded Kremlin puppet. Units of Castro's bathtub navy put to sea for "maneuvers" while the Maximum Leader himself loped around Havana posing with militiamen. Finally, he went on TV to convince Cubans that he was still the man in charge, the one on whom events centered.

Plot to Humiliate. His central theme was that any plan for inspection of missile sites was a Yankee plot to "humiliate"' Cuba. "What right...

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