John Simkin Posted July 21, 2005 Share Posted July 21, 2005 It is generally assumed that the attempts to overthrow the Castro government is in some way linked to the assassination of JFK. Some argue that those people (usually people with strong anti-communist views) who were disillusioned by JFK’s policy towards Cuba were responsible. A few people, including Tim Gratz, think it was Castro who organized the assassination because JFK posed a real threat to his survival. Tim’s theory is based on the idea that JFK and the CIA should have been involved in overthrowing the Cuban government. JFK clearly thought that between 1960-62. However, I am of the opinion that the evidence suggests this policy changed after the Cuban Missile Crisis. In another thread Tim recently argued: On to foreign policy. I think the Monroe Doctrine gave the US the right to effect regime change in Cuba. Plus the fact that we had really "given" Cuba to Castro, believing his promise of free elections, etc. When Castro betrayed the Cuban people, I think we had the right (indeed obligation) to remove him so Cuba would have the democracy it had been promised. The Wikipedia Encyclopedia includes the following on the Monroe Doctrine: “The Monroe Doctrine, expressed in 1823, proclaimed that the Americas should be closed to future European colonization and free from European interference in sovereign countries' affairs. It further stated the United States's intention to stay neutral in European wars and in wars between European powers and their colonies but to consider any new colonies or interference with independent countries in the Americas as hostile acts toward the United States. It was issued by President James Monroe during his seventh annual address to Congress. The Doctrine was conceived by its authors, especially John Quincy Adams, as a proclamation by the United States of moral opposition to colonialism, but has subsequently been re-interpreted in a wide variety of ways, including by President Theodore Roosevelt as a license for the U.S. to practice its own form of colonialism (see Roosevelt Corollary).” I assume Tim means the second of these two interpretations of the Monroe Doctrine. I have three questions for Tim and other members of the Forum. The first question concerns the analysis of JFK’s foreign policy. (1) Did he change his foreign policy towards Cuba between 1960 and 1963? Was he attempting to negotiate an end to the Cold War? The second question concerns the morality of foreign policy. (2) Are American presidents morally right in trying to overthrow foreign governments? Was the JFK of 1963 more morally acceptable than the JFK of 1960-2? The third question concerns the consequences of JFK’s change of policy. Was this the reason that JFK was assassinated? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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