On April 6, 1960, Undersecretary of State Lester D. Mallory wrote a concise objective of the goals of the U.S. embargo on Cuba: “to cause disenchantment and discouragement through economical dissatisfaction, sufferings, weakening the economical life by denying Cuba money and supplies with the aim of reducing wages, provoke hunger, desperation and overthrowing the government”.
An extensive National Intelligence Estimate on Cuba (NIE 85-62) with such goals in mind, was written on Feb. 20, 1962 by Brig. General Edward Lansdale.
It assigned 32 tasks to departments and agencies of the U.S. government through the Attorney General Special Task Force, which clearly described the process and procedures of the: Basic Action Plan in Cuba, Political Support Plan, Economic Support Plan, Psychological Support Plan, Military Support Plan, Sabotage Support Plan and Intelligence Support Plan.
The main objective of overthrowing the Cuban government has failed stridently, but impoverishing the country, causing disenchantment, pain, suffering and deaths, have been a resounding success of this project.
Hurricane Sandy landed in Santiago de Cuba a little more than one month ago, where it had a field day, reducing the second most important city in Cuba to rubble and exposing nearly a million poverty-ridden people to their most uncertain future. It also unwittingly fulfilled Mallory’s 52-year-old monstrous prophecy.
These and many more acts of unusual cruelty are the basis for which for 21 consecutive years, the entire community of the United Nations except for Israel and a couple of politically insignificant and geographically hard-to-find countries on the map have denounced the inhumane, immoral and fossilized U.S. embargo on 11 million people who have done us no harm.
Alberto N. Jones, Palm Coast