Foreign Relations: Good Riddance

It was good riddance for a very poor idea: last week negotiations between the Kennedy-recruited Tractors-for-Freedom Committee and Cuba's Fidel Castro broke down.

Last fortnight committee negotiators went to Havana to offer Castro some 500 farm tractors, worth about $2,500,000, in return for the release of 1,214 prisoners Castro had taken in the Bay of Pigs invasion. But Castro upped his demands, insisted on $28 million worth of tractors, and imposed other impossible requirements. The negotiators returned to the U.S., consulted with committee leaders, who last week sent Castro an ultimatum: either accept the committee's original offer—or else.

Fidel Castro, who had...

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