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The National Security Archive, a private research group at George Washington University, recently made public documents that reveal the nuclear threat in new detail. ...
The Pentagon study attributes the Cuba revelation to Andrian A. Danilevich, a Soviet general staff officer from 1964 to ’90 and director of the staff officers who wrote the Soviet Union’s final reference guide on strategic and nuclear planning.
In the early 1980s, the study quotes him as saying that Mr. Castro “pressed hard for a tougher Soviet line against the U.S. up to and including possible nuclear strikes.”
The general staff, General Danilevich continued, “had to actively disabuse him of this view by spelling out the ecological consequences for Cuba of a Soviet strike against the U.S.”
That information, the general concluded, “changed Castro’s positions considerably.”
So, the Soviet Union actually convinced Fidel Castro that it was not in his best interest to start a nuclear war with the United States.
And for any readers residing and voting in California's 33rd Congressional District, allow me to remind you what your own representative, Congresswoman Diane Watson, recently had to say about the Cuban dictator who pleaded for our annihilation:
[During the time that came to be known as the Cuban Missile Crisis], Fidel Castro and Che Guevara had salivated over the prospect of a much more satisfying holocaust. "If the nuclear missiles had remained, we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S., including New York City," boasted Guevara in November 1962. "The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims." ...Get your own access to Townhall's timely reporting and in-depth analysis: subscribe now!
But for the prudence of Nikita Khruschev, the Butcher of Budapest, those "millions of atomic victims" might have come about. ...[M]any serious analysts conclude that Fidel's and Che's genocidal fantasy was a much bigger factor in Khrushchev's decision to yank the missiles from Cuba than President Kennedy's utterly bogus bluster, threats and "blockade."