Humberto Fontova

“Florida elects Presidents,” said Michele Bachman yesterday in—well-- Florida, which holds 27 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. “Marco Rubio has the hallmarks of, I think, everything that a person would look for in a potential candidate,” she added. “He’s got so much going for him.”

Hurricane Irene re-routed Michele Bachmann’s campaign from the Northeast southward, where she hobnobbed with some heroes. "She told us that she wanted her first trip to Miami to start with a stop to the Bay of Pigs museum,” reports the president of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, Felix Rodriguez, who also played a key role in capturing Che Guevara in Bolivia. “She said she had great respect for what we tried to do 50 years ago.''

“We are with you!” said candidate Bachmann to the aging freedom-fighters at their Bay of Pigs Museum in Miami’s Little Havana on Monday. “I am with you!” she stressed. The freedom-fighters, surrounded by photos of their band-of-brothers who fell in battle against their Soviet-lavished enemy, cheered wildly and decreed Michele Bachmann an honorary member of Brigada 2506, the official name for the all-volunteer force who tried freeing Cuba from the Soviet barbarism that still grips it. You’ll forgive these men for assuming that their historic allies from 90 miles away would provide at least 1/1000 of the air support recently provided to Berbers, Bedouins, and Tuaregs and assorted Jihadists 5000 miles away.

Whoops! Sorry for the underestimation. Actually, through last week, (U.S. led) NATO had conducted 19,751 sorties over Libya, including 7,459 ground-attack missions. US planes carried out 1,210 strike missions.

While battling savagely against a Soviet led force ten times its size and only 90 miles from U.S. shores defending a Stalinist regime that craved to nuke the U.S., Cuba’s freedom-fighters couldn’t beg, borrow or steal one ground-attack mission by U.S. jets.

Where are the planes?” kept crackling over U.S. Navy radios on April 18th 1961. The U.S. Naval armada (22 ships including the Carrier Essex loaded with deadly Skyhawk jets) was sitting 16 miles off the Cuban coast near an inlet known as Bahia de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs). The question — bellowed between blasts from a Soviet artillery and tank barrage landing around him — came from commander, Jose San Roman..


Humberto Fontova

Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.