HAVANA TIMES — In what would no doubt have changed the course of history, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger considered plans in 1976 to attack Cuba to punish it for its intervention in the Angolan civil war, according to a new book released today, reported dpa.

Kissinger, who was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977 in the administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, considered air strikes and the mining of Cuban ports to “hit” the government of Fidel Castro, according to documents declassified accessed by the authors of the book “Back Channel to Cuba.”

“If we decide to use military force we must succeed. It can’t be halfway measures,” said Kissinger during a meeting with military officers on March 24, 1976, which was also attended by then Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.

“I think we’ll have to hit Castro,” Kissinger told President Ford, who accepted the proposal. The plans called for the possible attacks in 1977, after the presidential elections. That scenario was ruled out due to the victory of Jimmy Carter.

According to the authors of the book cited by the The New York Times, Kissinger was furious that Castro gave support to Angola and other African movements during the years of the Cold War.

Cuba provided decisive military support for the victory of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) in 1975.

The former Secretary of State had supposedly wanted to boost efforts to improve relations between Washington and Havana, damaged after the triumph of Fidel Castro’s revolution in 1959. The two countries have no formal diplomatic relations since the 60s.

Declassified Documents on the Internet: http://dpaq.de/oIEoK

14 thoughts on “Kissinger Wanted to Attack Cuba in 1976

  • Dear Mr. Moses, I would love to have the answers to this.

    1. What made you think that I am an immigrant? Is my English that poor?? (My English used to very good….hmmmm..).

    And unfortunately I am not patriotic. But yes, I will do anything to protect the people here in Great Britain from any harm. And I thought that you are Spanish or Mexican??? even though you live in Cuba.

    2. I can never say that you should respect President Al Assad. (But then it is a relative term.) . What I said is about self respect and respecting sovereignty of another country.

    3. Yes. Thousands of syrians are killed. And Thousands of American soldiers are killed in Afghanistan as well. Does it change any thing?? In Iraq Sadam Hussain is toppled. Does it change the number of killings in Iraq on a daily basis? In fact it increased. The problem is Americans (westerners as well) never understand these people. They are so different than how you guys are.

    4. Bringing down Al Assad will only increase the number of death. They need a dictator. Killing and getting killed is a way of living for some people. I know that because I can understand some of their fanatic language and ofcourse, when they speak between themselves I understand what they speak even though they dont know it. You may be right. I may not care about the people who beheads others (innocent people) in the name of religion or anything. They dont have any right to exist. I have yet to come across a believer who tolerate people of other religions. I admire Obama for not sending troops into Syria or Iraq. Now, they cant capture American soldiers. he..he.. I like that. Then US can always use drones…… You cant compare Cuba with Syria. Different people, entirely different attitudes.

    I dont think that people should believe that their country is better and they should be patriotic. In fact people should realize their shortcomings so that they could rectify their perception. Change will never come if People believe that they are better. I think people should understand that UK or US or Germany or France is better than most of the countries out there. Or in other words Democracy is always better than dictatorship. National boundaries are all man made or ‘Rogue made’ dear friend.

  • I was speaking metaphorically. It seems that my example went over your head. You wrote that Syria has a President and by definition should be respected. Really? Given the hundreds of thousands of Syrians he has killed, including the thousands who died from the use of chemical weapons, you still believe he should be respected simply because he is President? On this point, I must disagree with you as do most Americans. We believe in a moral right to govern. Bashar al-Assad has lost his moral right to govern given his alleged war crimes. You also seem to confuse ethnicity with nationality. America is a nation of immigrants yet we are all Americans. Given the quality of your English, I will dare to assume that you are a first or second generation immigrant to England yet you claim British nationality. By the way, I am not Caucasian not that it should matter. Great Britain is a great country and the strongest US ally around the world. Most people believe their country is ‘better’ as well they should. It’s called Patriotism.

  • Mr. Moses. “Reply Too long”?? A very good excuse if you cannot answer the questions I asked. Some people close their eyes towards truth. Yes. You can be blissfully ignorant and ofcourse it is your right. And you assume too much, which is wrong in my case. Just to answer what you said (US Hater), I am neither Pro-US nor anti-US. What I wrote are just observations. And yes, I am 101 percent against those fanatics in middle east and else where in the world. I wrote that reply assuming you are open minded aswell as not a hypocrite.

    What exactly do you mean by American? If you are a caucasian, then you are also an immigrant just like anybody (who is not native american) else.

    Then your question about neighbour abusing children in which you allude me aswell. I dont have to prove anything to you but I dont abuse my wife or child. And ofcourse I dont intervene in my neighbour’s private affairs as well. We got laws in this country. If I hear or see anything illegal I report it to police. You may not understand that if you are an American. (explained in detail in my previous reply about liberty and freedom).

    Yes. Thank God, I am not American. I live in a much better country called Great Britain.

  • Your comment is too long for me to give reply to every point. Generally, your overriding criticism is the ever-popular “Hypocrisy of US policy” criticism leveled by most anti-US haters. Simply put, consider this: Your next door neighbor beats his wife and abuses his kids. Your logic is that because he is legally married and the biological father of the abused children, you have no moral let alone legal right to intervene in his private affairs. Especially if you also argue with your wife and discipline your children. Is that what you believe? The US, flaws and all, has a moral responsibility to do what we can do to help where we can help. Giving your comment, I assume you are not American and will likely struggle to understand that.

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