Cuba: Containment Shuffleboard

The nearest encampment of Russian forces is only 36 miles from the U.S. naval base at Guantdnamo, Cuba. Motorized Communist-bloc artillery waits at the end of specially cleared roads pointing toward the perimeter. Inside the 45-sq.-mi. base (see map), the 4,000-plus U.S. sailors and marines hold their tempers, their fire and their ground. Last week TIME Correspondent William Rademaekers flew out of Guantdnamo with a report on the base's situation and readiness:

After weeks of ominous silence, the only hole in Castro's Cactus Curtain, Guantanamo's northeast gate, has now become the scene of...

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