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Castro Wanted Soviets To Nuke The US

Buried in the ‘Science’ section of the New York Times:

Details Emerge of Cold War Nuclear Threat by Cuba

By WILLIAM J. BROAD

September 22, 2009

In the early 1980s, according to newly released documents, Fidel Castro was suggesting a Soviet nuclear strike against the United States, until Moscow dissuaded him by patiently explaining how the radioactive cloud resulting from such a strike would also devastate Cuba.

The cold war was then in one of its chilliest phases. President Ronald Reagan had begun a trillion-dollar arms buildup, called the Soviet Union “an evil empire” and ordered scores of atomic detonations under the Nevada desert as a means of developing new arms. Some Reagan aides talked of fighting and winning a nuclear war.

Dozens of books warned that Reagan’s policies threatened to end most life on earth. In June 1982, a million protesters gathered in Central Park.

Barack Obama, then an undergraduate at Columbia University, worried about the nuclear threat and later wrote as a student and a journalist about ways to avoid global annihilation.

The future president didn’t know half the danger.

The National Security Archive, a private research group at George Washington University, recently made public documents that reveal the nuclear threat in new detail. The two-volume study, “Soviet Intentions 1965-1985,” was prepared in 1995 by a Pentagon contractor and based on extensive interviewing of former top Soviet military officials.

It took the security archive two years to get the Pentagon to release the study. Censors excised a few sections on nuclear tests and weapon effects, and the archive recently posted the redacted study on its Web site.

The Pentagon study attributes the Cuba revelation to Andrian A. Danilevich, a Soviet general staff officer from 1964 to ’90 and director of the staff officers who wrote the Soviet Union’s final reference guide on strategic and nuclear planning.

In the early 1980s, the study quotes him as saying that Mr. Castro “pressed hard for a tougher Soviet line against the U.S. up to and including possible nuclear strikes.”

The general staff, General Danilevich continued, “had to actively disabuse him of this view by spelling out the ecological consequences for Cuba of a Soviet strike against the U.S.”

That information, the general concluded, “changed Castro’s positions considerably.”

Moscow’s effort to enlighten Mr. Castro to the innate messiness of nuclear warfare is among a number of disclosures in the Pentagon study. Other findings in the study include how the Soviets strove for nuclear superiority but “understood the devastating consequences of nuclear war” and believed that the use of nuclear weapons had to be avoided “at all costs.”

The study includes a sharp critique of American analyses of Soviet intentions, saying the Pentagon tended to err “on the side of overestimating Soviet aggressiveness.”

So Fidel Castro wanted to nuke the United States?

Why not. After all, according to the New York Times, Mr. Reagan provoked him:

President Ronald Reagan had begun a trillion-dollar arms buildup, called the Soviet Union “an evil empire” and ordered scores of atomic detonations under the Nevada desert as a means of developing new arms. Some Reagan aides talked of fighting and winning a nuclear war.

In any case, Mr. Castro still remains a hero to the world. (At least the world of the New York Times.)

If anything this revelation will just burnish his credentials.

After all, once he learned that Cuba might suffer some “ecological consequences” from nuking millions of people in the US, he thought better of it.

You see, Mr. Castro was ‘green’ before it was hip to be ‘green.’

From his fans at the Associated Press:

Fidel Castro praises Obama on climate change

By PAUL HAVEN (AP)

HAVANA — Barack Obama’s call for action on climate change and his admission that rich nations have a particular responsibility to lead has received strong praise from an unusual source — U.S. nemesis Fidel Castro.

The former Cuban leader on Wednesday called the American president’s speech at the United Nations "brave" and said no other American head of state would have had the courage to make similar remarks.

In a speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, Obama acknowledged that the United States had been slow to act on climate change, but said Washington was now prepared to be a full partner as the world confronts the threat…

That admission of America’s past errors "was without a doubt a brave gesture," Castro wrote in comments published by Cuban state-media Wednesday.

"It would only be fair to recognize that no other United States president would have had the courage to say what he said," the former Cuban leader continued

You can tell a lot about a person by his enemies love slaves.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Castro Wanted Soviets To Nuke The US”

  1. Liberals Demise

    No Steve ….Castro is a ‘Weenie’!

    A dicktater that just won’t “DIE”!

  2. Reality Bytes

    Interesting how the NYT throws the “1 TRIL-LION DOLL-‘RZ” at Reagan AS IF TO JUSTIFY THE TRILLIONS & TRILLIONS THEIR OBAMANOT SEEMS TO LIKE SPENDING.

    Funny, I could only find $124 billion.

    Here from http://www.armscontrol.org/print/1615

    “Twenty years and $124 billion since Reagan’s 1983 speech, the old strategic missile defense program continues[3] and the ABM Treaty is gone.”

    • proreason

      Good catch, RB

      http://www.americanthinker.com.....ber_5.html

      Reagan’s Military Budget was never more than 8/10th of 1 percent above the 46 year average of 5.3% of GDP since 1962.

      That would mean his “build-up” was less than 1% * 8 of a single year’s GDP. Using the 1984 GDP of $4 trillion as the average, the “build-up” could not have been more than 8% * 4 trillion = 320 billion.

      But I have several advantages over the Slime’s reporter. I had 10 minutes of free time. I’m not blinded by ideology. I can do simple math. And I’m not an idiot.

  3. Socialistic monsters who wanted to nuke America are praised by our academics, journalists, and many Congressmen, but if these same Leftists heard us mention that we want to lower taxes, we are RACIST, SELFISH, and WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA.

  4. beautyofreason

    So the slime bag who wanted a nuclear war to destroy the United States is the same guy who lavishes praise on our current President?

    Do I see consistency here? One goal, various methods to achieve socialistic upheaval. Restrict capitalism, celebrate “change,” increase the span of government to “take care” of the people.

  5. Rusty Shackleford

    “It would only be fair to recognize that no other United States president would have had the courage to say what he said,” the former Cuban leader continued…”

    —No other president, save possibly one, would have been as comfortable telling the lies this one does.

  6. BBFmail

    TRINITY

    http://www.commondreams.org/

    Published on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 by LiveScience.com
    First Atomic Bomb Test Exposed U.S. Civilians to Radiation

    by Ker Than

    The world’s first atomic bomb test might have exposed unaware civilians in New Mexico to thousands of times the recommended level of public radiation exposure, according to reconstructed data in a new study.

    The research, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that ingestion of radioactive materials-primarily from irradiated rainwater and goat’s milk-might have been a substantial contributor to public radiation exposure that was largely not accounted for.

    The findings come on the 62nd anniversary of the world’s first atomic explosion and were presented at the recent annual meeting of the Health Physics Society.

    ‘Trinity’

    The world’s first nuclear weapons test took place on July 16, 1945 in the desolate White Sands deserts of New Mexico. In a cryptic reference to a John Donne poem that he knew and loved, J. Robert Oppenheimer, lead physicist of the Manhattan Project and scientific director of the test, dubbed the location “Trinity.”

    At 5:29:45 a.m. local time, a plutonium-based atomic bomb was detonated atop a 100-foot steel tower erected at Trinity specifically for the test. Scientists hoped that exploding the bomb at an elevated height would reduce the amount of radioactive dust raised by the explosion. They also needed to simulate the air-drop method of deployment that was eventually used by the real bombs.

    (SNIP)

    Exploding with an energy equal to about 20 kilotons of TNT, the blast carved a crater in the Earth more than 1,000 feet wide and 10 feet deep. Radioactive fallout from the blast was detected as far away as Indiana.

    Heat from the explosion was so intense that sand grains fused to form a reflective layer of radioactive, green glass, called “Trinitite,” on the desert floor.

    • proreason

      You seem to have survived though.

      Other than being a nut, how do you feel?

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps

      “In a cryptic reference to a John Donne poem that he knew and loved, J. Robert Oppenheimer, lead physicist of the Manhattan Project and scientific director of the test, dubbed the location “Trinity.”

      The test shot was “dubbed” Trinity. The location was the Alamogordo (N.M.) Test Range, on the Jornada del Muerto (Journey of Death) desert. How dangerous was the fallout if Oppenheimer and Gen. Groves toured & posed for photos at ground zero only a month later?

    • ptat

      PR–“Other than being a nut…”—Hilarious!!

  7. Reality Bytes

    Nice one Pro. You have Levin down pat. “Thank Me!”

  8. “Fidel Castro is a genius.” – Jack Nicholson (1998)

  9. 12 Gauge Rage

    Castro is an idiot and makes me wonder if there’s more than just tobacco he’s smoking in those Havanas. Hypothetically if such a nuclear strike did occur not only would the fallout from the radiation be devastating to his precious fatherland, but quite possibly the enormous impact from the electro magnetic pulse would render everything electrical in Cuba totally inoperable. In his hatred for all things American, Comrade Castro obviously wasn’t looking at the big picture until his Soviet handlers explained it all in greater detail.

  10. Reality Bytes

    So much for Marxists concern for “Collateral Damage”.

  11. 12 Gauge Rage

    ONail, thanks for the correction. But I guess only the party members would be inconvenienced since the lowly proletariats wouldn’t have such fancy high tech instuments.

  12. puhiawa

    Interesting. There has been no time since 1945 when the USA could not have annihilated the USSR or Russia. Even after a first strike of every nuke the USSR or Russia could send up. I wonder if Castro was wishing for a pox in both houses?

  13. You just need to get the proper Leftist perspective. “Castro called for nuclear annihilation of the evil Capitalist empire, but immediately changed his mind when he found out how much pollution would be caused by the strike, and how much CO2 would be released.”

    See. He’s really a wonderful guy. Yes, I know he wants me dead, but that’s just the fault of Reagan/Bush/Bush/Cheany. Once we buy enough Che t-shirts, mugs, and posters, he will see what wonderful neighbors we are, and allow us to adopt his perfect political system.

    And I’ll be the illegal alien, trying to sneak into Mexico to find work once this happens.

  14. Niko

    According to NY Slimes :”In the early 1980s, the study quotes him as saying that Mr. Castro “pressed hard for a tougher Soviet line against the U.S. up to and including possible nuclear strikes.”
    I guess the Cuban Crisis in 1962 was about decorating the jungles of Cuba with Soviet nuclear missiles that Castro knew nothing about them and that he never wanted or asked for them. At the time Castro had the best of intentions about US. Oh no, he wasn’t crazy then, Reagan’s “trillion-dollars arms buildup” made him such a looney.


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