April 17, 2011, - 1:17 pm
Today is the 50th anniversary of the start of the failed Bay of Pigs operation. In remembering what happened a half-century ago today just miles from America’s southern coastline, I can’t help but contrast the embarrassing way America failed to back the Cuban refugees we sent in there to our foolish involvement in the Libyan civil war. We sent in the Cuban exiles to defeat a sworn enemy that was too close for comfort and to help free its imprisoned citizens from the shackles of despotic Communism. Today, we send our American pilots to bomb Libya to help defeat a man with whom we had a rapprochement and to usher in a new enemy of even more extremist Muslims who will expand the Islamic revivalist cancer into yet another formerly stable government and surely cut off the oil supplies to us, sending gas upwards of $6 a gallon.
Bay of Pigs Invasion: Cuban American Prisoners of Castro’s Communism
Cuba is not only on our own hemisphere, it’s only 90 miles from U.S. soil. And, yet, President Kennedy–Obama’s hero–openly stated in public appearances that he would not involve America’s Air Force and provide air cover for these brave men we sent there and then abandoned. Contrast that with Libya, on the other side of the world, and with no American citizens or American interests in harm’s way, until we went in and caused Muammar Qaddafi to start burning oil fields and disrupting our oil companies’ drilling there. Yesterday, our CIA trained the brave Cuban exiles, but then threw them under the bus. Today, our CIA operatives are on the ground in Libya, training and backing Muslims from the Muslim Brotherhood, so that they can establish a HAMAS-like government of Libya.
Even without making this comparison, our treatment of the men who participated on our behalf in the Bay of Pigs incident was despicable. And it taught Cuban Communists and Fidel Castro–and countless Islamic terrorists and other American enemies far and near–that America isn’t serious about danger not far from its shores, that America doesn’t back up its own people and its allies who sacrifice for it and risk their lives.
All weekend long, Cuba’s been celebrating this victory over America with parades and parties, with the Castro brothers in the reviewing stand. We seem to have forgotten and are busy bombing Libya to no good end.
G-d bless the brave Cuban-Americans who gave their lives 50 years ago today. They truly were freedom fighters, and we turned our backs on them. The cretins in Libya, not so much, and yet we are bending over backward–and forward–for them.
We ought to be doubly ashamed.
The bottom line is this: America . . . we screw those who help us and help those who screw with us. Yup, it’s the American way . . . and the way to lose America.
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