Letters: Cuban realities and 'Havana moments'

I beg to differ with the criticism by letter writer Michael Sulman that the U.S. "has done everything possible to destroy [Cuba's] economy over the last 50 years" [Letters, May 17]. It was Fidel Castro and his cronies who destroyed Cuba's economy by eliminating all free enterprise and replacing it with Stalinist-style doctrinaire communism. The U.S. made overtures to Castro shortly after he overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista, but Castro spurned us for the Soviet Union. He then nearly caused a nuclear holocaust by urging Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to bomb our cities during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. He and his brother have brutally suppressed all...