Accept American rule? Comment on the consequences for the United States with regard to the statement made by Eric Foner in the text, “Thus, two principles central to American freedom since the War of Independence – no taxation without representation and government based on the consent of the governed – were abandoned when it came to the nation’s new possessions. The struggle of Cuba to gain its independence from Spain, which began in 1895, has captured the attention of many Americans. Spain’s brutal repressive measures to halt the rebellion were graphically portrayed for the U.S. public by American newspaper publishers, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer which caused to shape the national mood of agitation against Spain. Hearst and Pulitzer exaggerated the actual events in Cuba and how did Spanish brutally treated their prisoners by adding sensational words to catch the emotions of readers.
Naval Operations, Admiral Burke, wanted to send in the Marines to destroy Castro's forces but Secretary of State Foster Dulles didn’t want any of that to happen. Castro overthrew Batista in 1959. Originally Castro was not a communist. Fearful of Castro's revolution, people with money, like doctors, lawyers, and the Mafia, left Cuba for the United States. To prevent the loss of more capital Castro's solution was to nationalize some of the businesses in Cuba.
However, starting from the end of the 1980’s the Communist block begin falling apart. Cuba lost its international allies and became helpless both economically and politically in the international seen, and it is no longer a threat to US interests. In spite of this, in 1992 the US congress passed the so called the “Cuban Democracy Act”. The sanctions against Cuba strengthened, and the objectives of the sanctions are also transformed from containing communism to bringing freedom and democracy to the people of Cuba. Still, the multifaceted and half a century old sanctions failed to bring democracy and freedom to the people of Cuba, and now it is time to make a new beginning by lifting the embargos, and engaging with Cuba through public diplomacy, communication and international aid.
The Cuban regime has been specifically and intentionally targeted political dissidents and those who do not agree with the government. The right to free expression is guaranteed by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (U.N.D.H.R), and the Cuban Government has continually and repeatedly defied this agreement. There is no hope for a beneficial change if the citizens of Cuba are not allowed to exercise their internationally assured rights. Furthermore, if no international bodies act upon this injustice, then all future demands of equal rights will go unheeded. However, the North American Union (N.A.U.)
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. the United States of America. Under The Kennedy administration, America attempted to dethrone Castro from power in Cuba many times, including the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. While these attempts to get rid of Castro failed, in 1962 American President John F. Kennedy signed the Cuban Embargo to stop all imports, exports, and diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. The signing of this embargo was basically the beginning of the end for diplomatic relations between the United States of... ... middle of paper ... ...the sanctions which have suffocated the Cuban economy in the past four decades.
Cuba has been taken from colonization to socialist to dictatorship. Who are we as Americans to say that because Castro does not do things, the American way that he must be a bad-man? Maybe Castro shouldn't be blamed for the conditions that exist in Cuba. Castro has taken on a problem that has never been right. 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?
Although, it was not Eisenhower who pushed forward with the plan, but was Richard Nixon. This amount of involvement led Nixon to fear that the magnitude of his involvement would surface and he would then be blamed for the failure of the plan. The original plan, which was planned to land the exile brigade somewhere around the old colonial city of Trinidad, Cuba. The government realized that the landing at this particular spot gave them many options. The government believed that most people living in the area were opposed to the Castro government and would not mind them being there.
They took the chance to destroy the communist threat that was quite close to our shores and, in the process, made the CIA and our government look incompetent. First, I will give some background information on the conflict. In 1960, President Eisenhower gave the CIA the order to begin training Cuban exiles to oppose Castro's rule in Cuba and having them lead resistance groups within Cuba. Therefore, we would have a force already in the country to slow down Cuban Forces when our invaders landed. It didn't quite work out this way.
The US, however, was still hostile toward the Cuban government and now Cuba was left alone in its fight against the US and capitalism. With their communist allies now turning to capitalism, Cuba’s socialism is left alone to survive by itself in the 1990s. With the continual US economic embargo still on Cuba today and now support form Russia; Cuba today is left to find ways in which they can continue under socialism in a world of capitalists. The future of socialism within Cuba is uncertain. Their leaders are old and have been in power since 1959.
At the same time, Americans wanted reform so they could be a part of government. Every person in Cuba knew that Batista needed to be stopped, and eventually a rebel leader arose. Whereas, in America everyone King George needed to be stopped, but instead of just one leader, the whole nation rose to the occasion. Cuba becomes freed from the dictatorship of Batista, but instead of getting better, life in Cuba got worse. Cuba may not have been better off, but America was now thriving with their lives and government back under control.