April 18, 2006

JFK WAS NO W (via Tom Morin):

The invasion that could have saved Latin America (Val Prieto, April 17, 2006, Babalu Blog)

My father in law was a member of La Brigada 2506 and fought in the Bay of Pigs in what was called Operation Mongoose by the US Government. He has a million stories to tell, everything from the moment he decided to join La Brigada and fight for the freedom of Cuba, to the training, the embarcation, the invasion, the battle on the beaches, his capture and incarceration and the subsequent torture -- physical and mental -- at the hands of fidel castro, to his release and reunification with his wife and daughter here in the States. My words can do his story no justice, but someday it will be told. Until then, Edgar, Happy Birthday. The following articles are for you and your brothers and sisters in arms to assure you that this generation, our generation, has not and will not forget your sacrifice and love for una Cuba libre.

Today is the 45th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs Invasion and in honor of those who fought and sacrificed for the freedom of Cuba, BabalĂș Blog offers the following homages.

Even if you forgive John Kennedy for biffing the Bay of Pigs, there's no excuse for not taking advantage of the pretext he was handed in the missile crisis. He didn't even need to lie about WMD.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 18, 2006 9:06 PM

In conjunction with the anniversary, Roger L. Simon notes that film leading man Andy Garcia is debuting his movie "The Lost City", with a screenplay by novelist Guillermo Cabrera Infante that -- unlike your average Hollywood pean to Fidel -- shows the disillusionment with Castro's revolution and the forced departure of Cubans from the country to escape the regime. The movie appearntly is only going to start in limited release in New York, L.A. and Miami, and with a low ad budget, will require good word-of-mouth to find an audience

Posted by: John at April 19, 2006 1:26 AM