The U.S.' secret dirty war against Castro Posted on Sun, May. 01, 2005
A former Herald editor's research helps prove that attempts to overthrow the Cuban government were nefarious and unlawful.
BY PHILIP BRENNER
THE CASTRO OBSESSION: U.S. Covert Operations Against Cuba, 1959-1965. Don Bohning. Potomac. 336 pages. $29.95.
''The legacy of the unsuccessful six-year secret war against Fidel Castro,'' Don Bohning asserts in this engaging, disturbing and important book, ''is not an admirable one.'' As his impressive and abundant evidence demonstrates, Bohning's assessment is well warranted. In trying to overthrow the Cuban government in the early 1960s, U.S. officials trained paramilitary soldiers, directed them to engage in numerous terrorist acts and supported them when they undertook their own ''autonomous'' operations -- all of which wounded and even killed innocent Cubans.