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Fifty Years of RevolutionPerspectives on Cuba, the United States, and the World$
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Soraya M. Castro Marino and John S. Reitan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813040233

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813040233.001.0001

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The Reagan-Castro Years

The Reagan-Castro Years

The “New Right” and Its Anti-Cuban Obsession

(p.261) 13 The Reagan-Castro Years
Fifty Years of Revolution

Ramón Sánchez-Parodi Montoto

University Press of Florida

It was publicly well known that the new administration about to come to power in Washington intended to open a phase of confrontation with Cuba. Ronald Reagan was the representation of what was called the American “New Right”: a chorus that proclaimed support for the defense of traditional “family values.” However, Sánchez-Parodi Montoto argues that subversion was Washington's main and only goal in strategies that only feigned a focus on ethics. Through the implementation of illegal radio broadcasts, the “exclusion” of certain Cuban migrants from U.S. sanctuary after conveying an open-door policy, and the disrespectful invasions of the Caribbean, Sánchez-Parodi Montoto portrays the public deception so characteristic of the Reagan administration's Cuba policy. Focusing only on counterrevolutionary measures and never truly looking to assist the Cubans in need, the Reagan administration never did demonstrate a serious disposition or interest in negotiating long-term accords that would have solved the irregularities created by the migratory flow between both countries. The author then describes the futility of Reagan's actions from a modern perspective, detailing the success of the Cuban Revolution as well as Cuba's strengthening relations with its fellow Caribbean nations.

Keywords:   Ronald Reagan, Cuba-U.S. relations, migration, Florida-Mariel-Florida maritime bridge, Presidential Commission on Broadcasting to Cuba, “excludables”, The Rio Group, Caribbean Community, Grenada, South Africa

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