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Contesting CastroThe United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution$
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Thomas G. Paterson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195101201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.001.0001

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Operation Fin de Fidel and U.S. Weapons: Anti-Americanism Ascendant

Operation Fin de Fidel and U.S. Weapons: Anti-Americanism Ascendant

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(p.150) 13 Operation Fin de Fidel and U.S. Weapons: Anti-Americanism Ascendant
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Contesting Castro
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Thomas G. Paterson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.003.0014

“It is nearly impossible not to intervene in a country as closely associated as with us as Cuba,” Earl E. T. Smith stated a few years after being ambassador. Smith intervened to save the Batista regime and to avoid the victory of Castro and his rebels; he failed. He and the Eisenhower administration failed because Batista's cruel behavior alienated the Cuban citizens and because U.S. intervention actions and decisions ignited hostility among anti-Batista groups. President Eisenhower seemed detached from the key decisions in this issue. He left the deciding factor to his allies, comfortable with a style that kept him unaware of details and that presented him with conflicts only when they were to reach a point of severity.

Keywords:   Earl E. T. Smith, Batista, Castro, U.S. intervention, Eisenhower

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