LINK MIAMI, Nov. 27, 2005 — From the Bay of Pigs to poison cigars, American attempts to rid the world of Fidel Castro have repeatedly been met with embarrassment and failure.
After 46 years, Castro's wheezing revolution has even outlived his cold-war ally, the once-mighty Soviet Union.
Now, amid reports of Castro's fragile health and conflicting expectations about the shape of a post-Castro Cuba, the U.S. government is facing a choice about how aggressively it should press for democratic reforms in Havana after Castro's reign. Top Cuban officials, for their part, are reacting with alarm and bracing for a possible new round of American meddling.
Those in favor of taking bold action — namely, trying to stop Raul Castro from stepping into his brother's shoes — cite post-9/11 concerns that any failing or hostile nation may become a launching pad for terrorists seeking to attack the United States.