I suppose we should really have expected it. But as the 50th anniversary approaches we seem to face the Castro did it line once again. And amazingly, from CIA officers.
Of course this is not a new story and putting the blame on Castro was very important to several of the actual participants, a big part of the tactical plan – and failed largely due to the fact that the plan itself went bad about 12:40 that afternoon. In Chapter 15 of SWHT I go into detail on the plan to associate Oswald with Castro, his selection as a patsy based on that and a number of things that were put into play to point towards Fidel. And then I go over the continuing efforts to make that story play that emerged during the following two weeks. Some of that may have been simple opportunism but some appears to have put into play material that didn’t get used when Oswald was captured and not taken out of Dallas as planned.
But I’m guessing that SWHT, Newman’s books, Peter Dale Scott’s work or even Dick Russell’s work is probably not on the reading list for those writing on the Castro did it theme. That’s not to say they may not even been sincere, the plotters spread a good deal of disinformation even inside the Agency, especially fed back through the AMOT network and through DRE. Not to mention Mexico City…and that went on and on, even to getting Oswald into bed with Duran for heaven sakes.
And of course along the way, the entire Mexico City impersonation, with fake calls implicating the Russians and Cubans in close association with Oswald, is simply left out. As if the Russians and Cubans are going to impersonate Oswald and Duran to frame themselves?
OK, so its my blog and I don’t rant all that often – but here’s what drives me over the edge. It’s not just the common Castro thread, its the constant fall back to writing about an almost amazingly good the Cuban intelligence service was; a service so good it could be fully informed of Oswald, encourage an attack on the President and protect that both before and after.
Somehow it all reminds me of Roy Hargraves remark to Twyman. After admitting he and his associates had gone to Dallas as part of a conspiracy against JFK, what did Hargraves do – why he simply said that Cuban intelligence was so good that it had masterminded and manipulated all of them – it just looked like they had done it but really it was the Cubans behind it all!
Did everybody get this same briefing? Is it on 3×5 cards somewhere? Larry