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Kennedy and Nixon both know that allowing a communist Cuba to stand threatens their hold over the entire Latin American region. Kennedy betrays this fear when he asserts that the true Cuban problem is that Castro's influence may spread to the other Latin American countries 3 . The spread of Communism has become associated with all manner of insidious and vicious threats to the United States, but the reality is that communism is just another economic system. Communism has no inherit good or evil, but the spread of communism means the retreat and retardation of American influence and interest. This fear of losing power throughout the world is the true motivator for any actions taken against communism, and by extension Cuba. One of the most well known of these actions taken by the United States against Cuba is the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. When addressing the American Society of Newspaper editors regarding the invasion, Kennedy attempts to confuse the issue with Cold War rhetoric, when in reality it was simply an attempt to re-establish American hegemony in the area. In his address Kennedy first establishes that the United States is the hero in the situation. Kennedy claims that Cuba is a land of suffering and pain, and that the invasion was nothing more than Cuban patriots fighting against the cruel tyranny of Castro 4 . However, as this is the Cold War Cuba becomes just a stepping stone to strike as Russia. He reminds the United States' public that Russia is the one truly pulling the strings of the Cuban rebellion. Kennedy insists that while he will allow Cuba to exist unhindered, if it should ever become a larger threat to the United States he will not hesitate to crush it 5 . Of course this is ridiculous, in a world with inter-continental ballistic missiles; the tiny island of Cuba couldn't possible harm the United States. Acknowledging that Cuba is not a legitimize threat to United States security; Kennedy must 3 Ibid., 260-68. 4 U.S. President, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States; John F. Kennedy…January 21 to December 31, 1961. (Address Before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 20, 1961) pp.304-306. Washington, D.C.: GPO 1962. 5 Ibid., 304-306.
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have an ulterior motive to demonizing the small island. In reality Kennedy is attempting to garner support for for the re-institution and re-enforcement of American hegemony in Latin America. Kennedy himself even admits that Cuba can in no substantial way harm the United States, but he does claim that it will act as a foothold for Communism in the western hemisphere 6 . However, even the threat of communism in the western hemisphere poses no significant threat to America. The 'threat' of communism is completely fabricated. In Kennedy's speech we see numerous examples of inflammatory dialogue and loaded words: tanks, military, combat, but it is never clear what will happen if we allow communism to spread. Kennedy discuses the United States' unwillingness to yield in this struggle but the consequences are unclear.
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