Foreign Relations: The Ugly Choice

Since the day that the Bay of Pigs became a synonym for fiasco, U.S. policy toward Cuba has been based on hope—the hope that Castro's Communism would somehow curl up its toes and die. In its most positive form, that policy aimed at isolating Cuba, both economically and politically. It did not work — for the simple and foreseeable reason that Nikita Khrushchev did not want it to.

The U.S.S.R. has long propped up Castro's chaotic economy and trickled in military aid. But in late July, the trickle be came a torrent; since then, according to U.S. intelligence figures, 61...

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