Once Fidel Castro had control, he named himself dictator for life and made Cuba a socialist nation who openly embraced communism. Cuba became the only communist nation in the Eastern Hemisphere. As a result of this new socialist regime many Cubans fled to the United States into south Florida, which is only a mere ninety miles from Cuba. Shortly after Castro took control of the government, relations with the United States declined. Capitalist leaders, like the United States wanted to make sure that socialist countries trying to establish a communist system, such as Cuba would fail because the goal of communists is to develop a system free from private ownership, which is not in the best interests of the countries who are wealthy due to private ownership i.e.
Castro and Batista are each guilt of repression and corruption within their governments. For example, at some point under each regime, the constitution was either suspended or not followed at all. Castro did, though, make one very important contribution to Cuba's political system: Socialism. For the first time, Castro and Che Guevara a socialist plan called the New Man theory which called for developing an ideology amongst citizens that would call for working not for personal enrichment, but for social betterment.
The reason the United States implemented these sanctions against Cuba were for a couple of reasons. One was because of the research that showed Fidel Castro had leanings toward communism. Another reason behind the sanctions was because of how Castro was handling himself as the new leader of Cuba. As he came into power, the country was well off compared to other third world nations but the people were living near poverty level and the country was facing major economic problems. The peso was dropping in value like a rock an... ... middle of paper ... ....
A trade embargo against Cuba that was imposed in 1960 is still in place today. Despite severe economic suffering and increasing isolation from the world community, Castro remains committed to communism. (Close Up Foundation) The United States and Cuba share a long history of mutual mistrust and suspicion. All aspects of U.S. policy with Cuba, such as the current trade embargo, immigration practices, and most recently the possibility of a free exchange by members of the media, provoke heated debates across the United States. While most Americans agree that the ultimate goals should be to encourage Castro’s resignation and promote a smooth transition to democracy, experts disagree about how the U.S. government should accomplish these aims.
Another very important reason that there was the Cuban Missile Crisis was that America had kept General Batista in power for too long in Cuba. The relationship between America and this leader was strong because of the anti-communist links. However he was very much disliked by the public of Cuba and this meant he had no support from his people, which weakened his position. This was recognised by Fidel Castro who, in 1959, led a revolt and overthrew General Batista. America had no chance to prevent this event and so Fidel Castro remained in power.
Many things have changed since those time, we no longer see Cuba as the doors to hell, those doors have been rotating among other military strong men, this time in the Middle East. Fidel Castro is no longer the target of any American assassination plans, the United States no longer deals in the assignation of political leaders, now we have allies who are more able and discrete in doing that type of work. The only ancient legacy that remains in our foreign policy towards Cuba is a political and economic embargo implemented at the beginning of the Cold War in an attempt to crush a third world country. At the time of the embargo its supporters assured the country that Cuba would not survive a year without political or economic aid from the Western World. Three decades later Cuba is still led by Castro and our policy has not changed, maybe it is time to rethink this policy Once the embargo took effect, Cuba and Fidel Castro had no choice but to turn to the Soviet Union and Communism for salvation, both economically and politically.
Not only was Castro passionate about Communism, he was ignorant to those who favored different economic systems: “I became a Communist by studying capitalist political economy, and when I had some understanding of that problem, it actually seemed to me so absurd, so irrational, so inhuman, that I simply began to elaborate on my own formulas for production and distribution.” Fidel believed that the government should be in charge of the market and economy because the general population should all get the same amount of income and materials. As a result of the decisions that Castro made, many Cubans saw him as someone who only represented the poor leaving the middle and upper class forgotten. For nearly five decades, Cuba was dependent on foreign countries for trade and crops, so
Cuba has been corrupt from day one, so what make you think that the problems of Cuba belong to the leader that is in charge now? Castro is in a system that will always remain behind the major players of the world, and it is not totally his fault. Colonization played some part in the social-economic status that Cuba has now.
After attending two Jesuit institutions, Castro earned a law degree at the University of Havana (CNN). Marrying into one of Cuba's wealthiest families, Castro did not use his law degree to secure a comfortable life among the island's oligarchy (CNN). Rather, he devoted his efforts to helping the poor by leading a mass movement for social change (CNN). 1 Embar... ... middle of paper ... ...r to the revolutionary government who wrote, "The victory over Batista meant that the Cuban people had done away with the local overseer; now they confronted the owner of the plantation -- American Imperialism (History)." Inasmuch as all Cuban nationalists were angered by the extent of United States control over the Cuban economy, it was inevitable that the U.S. would clash with Cuban forces; a clash that has yet to subside itself after nearly forty years (Skidmore, 278).
Historical Context Before the Cuban Revolution, the U.S. military ruled Cuba when the island became a republic. Throughout the 1800’s, Cubans were revolting against Spanish rule, and in 1898, America helped defeat the Spanish. Since the United States and Cuba were so close, the U.S often intervened with Cuba’s domestic affairs. In 1959, Fidel Castro influenced a revolution, overthrowing Batista. Fidel Castro then switched Cuba’s government to communism and became close with the Soviet Union, which restricted ties with the U.S.