Cuban army holds exercises for U.S. military attack Special

Posted Nov 29, 2009 by Andrew Moran
It has been nearly 50 years since the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion and the declassified document "Operation Northwoods." But now, the government of Cuba is preparing its military for a possible U.S. military attack.
Raul Castro
Raul Castro
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The United States and Cuba relationship has been strained for quite some time and dates back all the way to the John F. Kennedy administration; however, tensions between the two states have not been high for many years but Cuba’s armed forces launched their largest military exercise in half a decade called “Bastion 2009,” according to Reuters.
The three-day exercise, which includes troops, militia and the Ministry of the Interior units, would practice any possible attack in a crisis. The goal was to raise the nation’s capability to prevent military confrontation. On November 29, Cuba will also hold a military parade, which President Raul Castro expects four million Cubans to participate.
AFP notes Major General Ermio Hernandez telling reporters that the exercises will contain tactical maneuvers, artillery practice, command of ground troops and military flights.
Deputy Chief of Cuba’s Armed Forces, General Leonardo Andollo, said, reports China View, that the military exercise was necessary because of the current military-political situation, which was viewed as a confrontation between Cuba and the United States. “It is a necessity of the first order given the political-military situation that now defines relations between Cuba and the empire."
These kinds of military exercises are quite normal and occur every four years. It was supposed to be held in 2008 but due to two hurricanes it had to be cancelled.
Hal Klepak, a Cuba Military Expert and Professor Emeritus at the Royal Military College of Canada, recently told the Associated Press, “I don't think it is so much that they expect an invasion or anything like it. I think what they worry about is disorder in Cuba of any kind that would lead to blood in the streets.”
However, Jonathan Winkler, a retired American writer who lives in Ottawa, told Digital Journal on Sunday morning that he feels much differently. Winkler believes that Cuba knows something that the rest of the world doesn’t know and iterates Operation Northwoods as a prime example of the US foreign policy history with Cuba.
“Of course Obama will not change any of this and he said he would lift the embargo against Cuba but, in typical Obama fashion, that will not happen. Cuba has had a long history of military threats and an undermining of the government. I wouldn’t be surprised if the US government or intelligence agencies have set up an operation in Cuba just like they did in Iran since 2005.”
He concluded that he feels Cuba doesn’t want to look as weak and vulnerable since both Fidel and Raul are passed their retirement ages and no one else has been pointed out to become the Caribbean island’s next great leader.
US President Barack Obama addressed the current situation in Cuba and said, “The United States has no intention of using military force in Cuba."