Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 15, 1976 · Page 10
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Mining the Cuban Possibilities: 1976 is Not 1962 for United States —By NEA/London Economisl News Service President Ford says ho means it: He will not accept another Cuban military intervention in Africa. Angola-style. Saying it i:; one thing; doing something about it is another. What action could the Americans take against Cuba if its army does go into another African country? It comes down to a choice between bombing Cuba, invading it. clapping economic sanctions on it again, and blockading it. Bombing by itself is not much good. It would make America a villain. Cuba a martyr. Besides, it would be hard to identify the sort of target that could achieve the desired result. The airfields used to fly Cuba's troops to Africa might seem the right target, but it would take a lot of bombing to keep all the possible airfields closed for any length of time, or to destroy all the aircraft that ferry the soldiers to Africa. With the new laser-guided and tv-directed precision weapons, there might be fewer civilian casualties than there would have been 10 years ago. Even so. bombing would be slow to take effect, and arouse anti-Americanism from the moment of the first strike. Invasion is an even less plausible idea. It is certainly possible for American troops to occupy Cuba, either by advancing from the naval base at Guantanamo Bay or by landing somewhere else. Hut a (iuantanamo operation would require a lot of troops: it is a long way from there to Havana, and much of the way lies through rugged country. An amphibious landing near Havana would probably be easier. An invasion has the theoretical advantage that it could depose Fidel Castro and his government. But it would not be a walkover; and it might not be easy to find an alternative government for Cuba that did not require a prolonged American occupation. The United States could wind up with a very large albatross around its neck. The Americans tried economic sanctions years ago. They did not work very well then, even though most of Latin America and a lot of other countries joined in applying sanctions — because the Russians and their allies did not. They are even less likely to work now. because a number of Latin American and other western countries would probably not accept the Cubans' actions in Africa as a reason enough for sanctions. This leaves the possibility of a physical blockade, which would have a better chance of success, and would probably cost fewer lives, than either bombing or invasion. A blockade now would be harder in one way. and easier in another, than the quarantine imposed in the missile crisis of 1962. It would be harder because the American navy has fewer ships now than in 1962. and numbers of ships are what count in a blockade. In 1962 every available ship in the American Atlantic Fleet that could move was used to put a ring around Cuba, and even that number was barely enough. Besides being fewer in number now. most of the best sort of blockade ships — the destroyer-frigate size — are around six knots slower than their 1962 counterparts. This is the curious result of the modernization of the American navy since 1962. Almost all the 1945-model ships are gone. Their replacements tend to be larger, more expensive and chiefly designed to fight aircraft and submarines. Neither of these jobs is considered to require a great deal of speed, so money, space and weight have been saved by putting in less powerful engines. But a given number of blockading ships that can do only 21 knots will intercept fewer blockade-runners than 27-knotters would. In one way. though, the operation would be easier than in 1962. What happened then was not a total blockade, but a selective quarantine on Russian arms shipments. The American navy's job was to stop Russian ships and check whether they were carrying missiles. This meant inspecting at close quarters a great many (although not all) of the merchant ships entering the quarantine area. If the United States were now to impose a general blockade, a closed zone for all ships could questions and answers 987-65-4320 QUESTION - I have Medicare. I have been taking prescription drugs for emphysema for years! Are they covered under Medicare? ANSWER — No. Prescription drugs and any drugs you take yourself are not covered. QUESTION - I have both Part A (Hospital) and Part B (Medical) of Medicare. Is Part B the same as Medicaid? ANSWER — No. Medicaid is a program administered by the Department of Social Services in most states. It is designed to pay medical bills for people with low income. QUESTION - I'm 63 and I was recently laid off by my employer. I draw May Use Center for Iowa Promotion ByPaulHolley Iowa Dally Press Ass'n. 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But the Americans would certainly see them coming, and the Russians know that the Americans have enough air power close at hand to destroy anything the Russians could put into the Caribbean. There is no doubt that the Americans still have superior strength in that area! The question is whether the Russians would fight, and whether the Americans are prepared to undertake a blockade knowing they might. But there is a variation of <••• the blockade option that would entail almost no risk of a confrontation with the Russians. This would be the mining of Cuba's main port. Mines could be planted from aircraft — as they were off Haiphong in 1972 — which would switch themselves off after, say. three weeks. The whereabouts of the mined areas would be made public; no one would get hurt unless a government ordered its ships to sail through them. If at the end of three weeks the Cubans had not abandoned whatever they were doing in Africa more mines could be laid. Even if Russia sent some of its minesweepers over, it would take them months to clear the area. This all sounds pretty hypothetical. But the Americans' allies were more disturbed by the almost unopposed, and successful. Cuban intervention in Angola than is generally realized. The shock is still seeping through the western political system, and the United Stales could probably count on fairly wide. support if it decided to take limited military action against Cuba in retaliation against another Cuban intervention in Africa. Of the actions it might take, a blockade would be the most effective, and blockade by mining the best way to do it. ? 4K <•* « GARDEN CENTER Open Sunday •4K 4K Give America a Bicentennial Gift... Plant a Tree for Tomorrow! , This weekend SAVE $ 1, '2, or »3 «.n SHADE TREES All balled and burlapped, and packaged shade and ornamental trees are on sale. (Fruit trees are not on sale) Save $1 on any tree costing under $10. Save $2 on any tree costing between $10 and $20. 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