The Hemisphere: Coping with Castro

The problem of Fidel Castro last week became the U.S.'s most immediate foreign concern. The mutual hostility was now open and declared, but this made the solution no easier.

In retaliation for Castro's seizure of U.S.-owned oil refineries, President Eisenhower had virtually banned U.S. imports of Cuban sugar, the crop Cuba depends most upon. An exasperated U.S. thus got some satisfaction out of no longer putting up with Castro's confiscations and threats.*"The U.S. has run out of cheeks to turn," cracked one U.S. diplomat. But aside from such satisfaction, the U.S. made Castro's lot harder, and worsened the lot of the Cuban...

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