The Hemisphere: Yankees Besieged

The thump of dynamite blasting foxholes into the coral starts at dawn these days at Guantánamo Naval Base. All day newly arrived marines sweat and swear as they sandbag gun emplacements, communications lines and antitank positions.

Until recently, sea-oriented old "Gitmo," the besieged 45-sq.-mi. U.S. enclave on the southeast coast of Communist Cuba, counted only 300 combat marines, and their vintage M1 rifles were hardly a match for fast-firing Belgian weapons sported by Castro's militia. Now Guantánamo is grimly digging in.

Castro, in his right mind, presumably would never try to storm Guantánamo, unless he wanted to provide the U.S. with a...

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