The CIA’s disclosure of its own failed mission to eliminate Fidel Castro in 1960 using poison pills and the Mafia adds only a small amount of new detail to an already ample public record of the CIA’s activities during the Kennedy Administration.
But it has been welcome in
The CIA’s naming of the late Tony Varona as a participant in the last stages of this abortive operation has drawn sharp reaction here and elsewhere (including, I’m told, at great length on Miami radio) in defense of a man who cannot defend himself. But the reason for the indignation is not clear to me. Because it allows Castro to score points? Because assassination is an unjust method of war? Because Varona had more courage than to join a poison-pill caper?
A commentator in El Nuevo Herald, Vicente Echerri, leaves nothing to doubt, however. Castro’s assassination “would have been not only an act of political wisdom, but also a preventive measure internationally in benefit of western civilization and the human race.”