On January 1, 2009, Cubans of all political persuasions will mark the 50th anniversary of the collapse of the Fulgencio Batista government, and the establishment of the Castro dictatorship. Few, however, will remember how some elements in the U.S. government and media played a significant role in aiding Castro in his bid for communist domination of the island.
Christmas morning dawned gloomy and cold over the rebel camp. The low, overcast sky promised drizzle, or worse, by afternoon. The temperature, hovering just above freezing the past few days, was now dropping rapidly. The weather conditions did not improve the mood of the soldiers who, having skewered chunks of meat with the ramrods from their flint-lock firearms, were squatting around low campfires preparing the morning's repast.