Humberto Fontova

“The Ugly American –the bully and boor--has it coming,” seems another constant in the Democratic world-view. To wit:

“It is an extremely offensive video directed at Mohammed and Islam. Extremists and terrorists used this as an excuse to attack a variety of our embassies, including the one -- the consulate in Libya. (U.S. President Barack Obama Sept. 12, 2012)

“The unrest we’ve seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that Muslims, many Muslims find offensive.” (Jay Carney Sept. 12, 2012.)

Now let’s fast-reverse to an interview President John F. Kennedy gave French journalist Jean Daniel on October, 24th, 1963:

"I believe that there is no country in the world, including any and all the countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba, in part owing to my country’s policies during the Batista regime…I will even go further: to some extent it is as though Batista was the incarnation of a number of sins on the part of the U.S. Now we shall have to pay for those sins.”

Kennedy was describing a nation with a higher per capita income than half of Europe, the lowest inflation rate in the Western Hemisphere, the 13th lowest infant-mortality on earth and a huge influx of immigrants. In 1953, more Cubans vacationed in the U.S., than Americans vacationed in Cuba. In 1959 U.S. investments in Cuba accounted for only 14 per cent the island’s GNP, and. U.S. owned companies employed only 7 per cent of Cuba's workforce.

But no alternative media was around in 1963 to rub Kennedy’s face in the imbecilities he was spreading as gospel. Instead the Communist-hatched lies were accepted as truths by millions of Americans who the media monopoly of the time had rendered none the wiser.

And if the Obama/MSM deceptions (with a straight face) about “what he knew and when he knew” regarding Benghazi seem scandalous, consider the following:

18 months after he botched the Bay of Pigs invasion a guilt-stricken JFK ransomed the surviving Bay of Pigs freedom-fighters back from Castro’s dungeons. On Dec. 29, 1962, these Cuban freedom fighters, many on crutches others in wheelchairs, gathered with their destitute and traumatized families in Miami’s Orange Bowl to hear President Kennedy address them. “I am here today not to be honored—but to pay honor,” intoned the U.S. President. “I know of no men in modern history who showed more courage under more difficult conditions than those before me today.”

The president continued in this vein and upon completing his tribute the Cuban freedom-fighters handed him their sacred battle flag, a gesture which surprised and seemed to deeply move the U.S. president.

“I promise to deliver this Brigade banner to you in a free Havana!” he beamed at the freedom-fighters and their loved-ones.

The stadium erupted: “CUBA LIBRE!” yelled the delirious crowd while hugging and cheering and sobbing. “CUBA-LIBRE!” yelled men (and boys) who’d snickered in the face of KGB torturers weeks earlier, but now wept openly. The hour of liberation seemed nigh. “The Leader of the Free World,” after all, was promising it!

But two months earlier this same “Leader of the Free World” had made another promise, to the Butcher of Budapest:

“The United States of America gives assurances that there will be no invasion of Cuba, not only by the US but also by other countries of the Western Hemisphere. This is the essence of our agreement.”

Respectfully Yours, N. Khrushchev. Moscow, November 20, 1962.

Half a century later we know which promise Kennedy kept.


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.