PART IV -- REAGAN'S FREEDOM STRATEGY AGAINST SOVIET IMPERIALISM, ESPIONAGE, AND "ACTIVE MEASURES' INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS

Chapter 18 - Taking on Soviet-Cuban Imperialism in Latin America and Africa

Summary

This double-length chapter reviews Ronald Reagan’s early recognition of Latin America as too often neglected by the United States in its efforts to achieve peaceful progress and expanded freedom, including in the 1970s, when instead of practicing “détente,” the Soviet Union was making Latin America a central front in the Kremlin’s global Cold War on peaceful paths to democracy. Reagan’s decisions, statements and public diplomacy reports overcame strong opposition as he exposed and rolled back pro-Communist insurgencies and “active measures” intelligence operations by Soviet-Cuban forces and their militant proxies, especially in Central America and the Caribbean. Reagan’s strategy to provide political, economic, and military assistance to those resisting Communist takeovers and rule dramatically changed the course of the Cold War in the direction of democratic reforms in Latin America and across the globe.

Soviet-Cuban Totalitarianism. After the mid-1970s Watergate scandal and the U.S. defeat in Vietnam, the Soviet Union and their Cuban proxies exploited U.S. inattention and weakness to use their Communist Party international apparatus, armed forces, and intelligence services to gain Soviet control of a range of leftist movements and insurgencies. Under the deceptive “national liberation war” slogan, they sought to align Latin 

[Book pg. 419]

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