The Cuban Connection

The Cuban Connection

Nixon, Castro, and the Mob

Book - 2013
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"In April 1959, Fidel Castro toured the United States at the invitation of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Though he was wary, Castro entertained some hope of establishing a rapprochement with Washington. But after being snubbed by President Eisenhower and receiving a less-than-cordial reception from Vice President Richard Nixon, Castro got the strong impression that US intentions toward his new Cuban government were hostile. In The Cuban Connection, former FBI agent and investigative journalist William Weyand Turner examines the fateful meeting between Castro and Nixon and the murky connections that existed between official Washington, the CIA, and organized crime in Cuba. Based on firsthand interviews with many of the key players involved in Cuban-American relations of that era, plus thorough background research, Turner raises a host of disturbing questions. Before the ouster of the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista by Castro, why did Vice President Nixon often socialize at Havana casinos with his Cuban friend Bebe Rebozo? How was the rabid anti-Communism of the Eisenhower administration, especially its instant dislike of Castro, connected to its cozy relationship with the former mob-controlled dictatorship? How did all of this set the stage for the Bay of Pigs fiasco and, ultimately, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the JFK assassination? In a vivid narrative, The Cuban Connection provides insider information that rarely reaches the public and that many in power never wanted the public to know."--Publisher's website.
Publisher: Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781616147570
1616147571
Branch Call Number: 327.7307 TURNER
Characteristics: 319 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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StarGladiator
Aug 27, 2015

The problem with Turner, is that he believes he's a journalist, but doesn't quite grasp the concept of FACT-CHECKING! So while he frequently writes good stuff, when sleazebag, Gerry Patrick Hemming, long-time CIA contractor and drug smuggler, told Turner that Bobby Kennedy was running an operation against Castro simultaneously while President Kennedy was approaching him diplomatically, Turner simply accepts it as the truth - - which is pure claptrap, given that Hemming was part of the Bay of Pigs operation?!?!?!
This is how that fictional story about Bobby Kennedy was started, and it is still fictional with nothing to validate it! It was Attorney General Bobby Kennedy who ordered the CIA to standdown on illegally using the Mafia to attempt to assassinate Castro, both to desist any assassination attempts against him, and any further ailliliation with the Mob.

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