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  1. Introduction
  2. Cuban-associated efforts
  3. Agrarian Reform Law
  4. Examination of the current status of the Cuban threat
    1. Anti-Americanism
    2. Communist threat
  5. Possible courses of action
    1. Economic
    2. Covert insurgency
    3. Maintain existing protocol
  6. Recommendation of action
  7. Conclusion

The United State's initial stance on Cuba was one of tolerance towards the Castro regime in order to provide this government a chance to establish a reasonable relationship with the U.S. While the radical and anti-American background of the Castro family was well documented, such as their involvement with Communist causes, the future direction of this government could not be predicted, despite grave doubts held by American analysts. Castro had maintained that Cuba would be a democratic government, having elected officials and that the government would honor international obligations and agreements. While U.S. officials were skeptical about the future of democracy in Cuba, a ?wait and see? policy was adopted because of the popularity Castro enjoyed in the Western Hemisphere and the rest of the world, such that officials felt there was little alternative.

[...] The risk of a nuclear war between the USSR and the United States is elevated with the ability of the Soviet Union to use Cuba as an ally. Relations with Cuba will not improve as Castro continues to play on U.S-Cuba tensions for his political benefit, to make irrational demands and not make any compromise in negotiations. Soviet support has also reached the point of no return, we can not hope in displacing their influence. Recommendation of Action As it is quite obvious from this analysis, a solution to the Cuban threat is not easily apparent. [...]

[...] The continuation of an outwardly non-interventionist U.S policy toward Cuba would be the worst choice of action given the documentation of U.S-Cuban relations over the last two years. The primary threat to the U.S. is the growth of Communism in the Western World. The recommendation by this office is to remove the economic retaliations and improve the economy of Cuba with the aim of reducing this country being a foothold for Communism. Rather than tolerate anti-U.S. actions we will support the efforts of the Cuban government to improve the quality of the lives of the poverty-stricken people so that they see the benefits of the capitalist market. [...]

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