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Imagine the U.S. invading Cuba

Posted Monday, October 29, 2007, at 8:02 AM

Let's see. If the U.S. can invade and "conquer" Iraq...could the U.S. invade Cuba next?

"Now is the time to support the democratic movement growing on the island," Bush said last week.

"Now is the time to stand with the Cuban people as they stand up for their liberty. And now is the time for the world to put aside its differences and prepare for Cubans' transition to a future of freedom and progress and promise.

"You have the power to shape your own destiny," Bush said. "You can bring about a future where your leaders answers to you."

Cuba's estimated population as of July was 11.3 million, less than several U.S. states.

According to globalsecurity.org and other sources, Cuba's Revolutionary Army has about 60,000 troops. supplemented by the Territorial Militia Troops and the Youth Labor Army. The Cuban military has supposedly become markedly weaker since the Soviet Union's collapse. And I wouldn't expect help to come rushing in from Communist countries anymore.

Logical thinking would support a different approach: Wait until Fidel Castro dies, Raul Castro becomes too ill to rule and/or dies, then take advantage of a power struggle I suspect will result. I can see a relative peaceful change to some sort of democracy, such as happened in Russia in the early 1990s.

But, since the Bush administration thinks in terms of taking action first, let's see what happens. I don't think they'd be foolish enough to try an invasion of Cuba...but, if the U.S. totally withdrew from Iraq (which won't happen with Bush in charge), and some presidential rhetoric was released claiming an imagined Cuban threat, there we'd go.

And, seriously, if we had no other ongoing military conflicts, I suspect Cuba could be conquered peacefully -- and our presence welcomed.

Have you seen recent TV shows or photos showing how most Cubans still drive old 1950s cars they've managed to keep running? Just ship in some of the stripped-down, year-old former rental cars which are so prevalent on used car lots in the U.S., park ‘em in Cuban parking lots with ‘for sale' signs, subsidize their sale prices and promise freedom.

They'd be on our side quickly.

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Iâd rather watch Cuba collapse under its own weight so that the world can see just what authoritarian socialists and communists can do to a once free and happy people. Instead, leftists and dictators worldwide continue to think that this huh choo-shung tza-jiao duh tzang-huo Castro is the greatest thing since sliced bread and praise him.

These are the same deluded fools who sport T-shirts bearing the image of that murderous thug Che, blissfully unaware or ignoring the fact that this wonderful icon of the left was responsible for the murders of around 2,000 people.

[Disclaimer - I was born on Oct. 23, 1962 ...so I have a really good reason to see that tah mah duh hwoon dahn get whatâs coming to him. But Iâd rather his own people do it.]

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Mon, Oct 29, 2007, at 8:49 AM

Yes, let's invade Cuba and bring them new cars and they will fall in love with the United States. Your plan would probably work except you forgot to take into account why Cubans still drive those old cars. Trade embargo ring a bell? I am sure they just love the U.S. in Cuba. I bet Cubans think it so wonderful that we conduct so much business with Communist China and we totally ignore our tiny communist neighbor to the south.

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Mon, Oct 29, 2007, at 9:23 AM

How bout we leave Cuba the heck alone just so long as they don't cause us any problems. We have plenty to worry about in the Middle East and as for sending cars or anything else to Cuba I think we should keep the cars and sell them, then use the profits to help our own less fortunate people here in the US. No other countries appreciate our help and I'm sick of sending money to other people in those countries , while we have plenty of folks that need our help right here at home.



-- Posted by HorseGentler on Mon, Oct 29, 2007, at 8:34 PM

I AGREE William!!!!

-- Posted by jesuslovesevery1 on Mon, Oct 29, 2007, at 10:39 PM

Cuba is right next door to us. They are less communist than China and yet we refuse to deal with them? Is it because, Castro was once a friend and then the CIA failed to overthrow him? Weird... It makes no sense, to even mention invading a helpless country, oh wait.. We already did that.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Oct 29, 2007, at 11:28 PM


I'm not the most sociologically astute person but if an ideological system is really the most effective way for people to live,why not let its fruits speak for themselves?

Why lock your citizens in so they know nothing else or impose your ways with arms?

Surely a truly humane and rational religion,economy or whatever could attract and hold adherents just by the positive effects on the quality of life.

There hasn't been enough faith in the free market to rely much on people to make the right choices.

Instead,we seem to prefer to deny choice and trust that what placating bread and circuses can't perform,guns,bombs and torture can.

What do the people perpetuating all this think about how they promote their cause?

Do they think it's o.k. because the opposition might be doing worse?

Let's challenge the wannabe leaders to a contest.

Take all the time,money and influence you spend on your current battles and use it to feed,shelter,clothe,heal and educate your people.

Make your environment prettier,healthier and more diverse.

Come up with more innovations that help the world you inhabit.

Remember your history-honor and preserve the good and learn not to perpetuate the rest.

Nobody invades another nation.

Nobody holds its people hostage.

Nobody dumps the problems it created on other folks or squanders their resources.

After a hundred years or so,whatever culture has the most justice,freedom,

creativity,productivity,wisdom and kindness wins.


If we ever did attempt a competetion like a 'Moral Olympics',somebody would try to cheat.

But the countries that don't even try a constructive form of competition make losers of us all.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Oct 30, 2007, at 3:17 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.