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(ORDO NEWS) — In the past, purportedly crackpot conspiracy theorists have suggested that the US military has plans to provoke war with Cuba.

For a long time, this theory seemed implausible – at least until Congress passed legislation in the 1990s to make documents related to President John F. Kennedy more transparent.

As it turned out, Chairman Lyman Lemnitzer led the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the armed forces in developing and approving just such a plan.

In the early 1960s, they developed detailed guidelines for a wave of terrorist attacks that were supposed to provide support for the war against the communist neighbor.

– Citizens were to be blown up and shot in the streets.
– A Cuban plane would have shot down a plane with college students.
– Refugee boats were supposed to sink in the Gulf of Mexico.

Other plans also included blowing up an American ship in Guantanamo Bay and killing astronaut John Glenn mid-flight – blaming the Cubans and Fidel Castro.

This plan to remove Castro by building public and international support never came to fruition.

After presenting the plan to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in March 1962, President Kennedy told Lemnitzer three days later that there was no way to use force to take Cuba.

Soon after, Lemnitzer himself was transferred to another job.


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