From time to time the Americans would indulge in genocidal fantasies as the solution to the problem of Cubans, what Albert Memmi suggested as the logical conclusion of the imperial imagination: “to imagine a colony without the colonized.” “Cuba would be desirable,” Nevada senator Francis Newlands commented, “if for a half hour she could be sunk into the sea and then emerge after all her inhabitants had perished.”
Cuba in the American Imagination, Louis A. Pérez Jr. University of North Carolina Press (2008), p. 101
(for context, this quote concerns the immediate period after the so-called “Spanish-American” war (1898) - arguably the first “humanitarian” war in US history - where the US invaded Cuba under false pretenses and quickly established a military dictatorship after about a month of fighting)
"You just give me the word and I’ll turn that fucking island [Cuba] into a parking lot." — Secretary of State Alexander Haig to Ronald Reagan
"I am so angry with that infernal little Cuban republic that I would like to wipe its people off the face of the earth," — Teddy Roosevelt to a friend
"[Cubans] possess the superficial charm of clever children, spoiled by nature and geography—but under the surface they combine the worst characteristics of the unfortunate admixture and interpenetration of Spanish and Negro cultures—laziness, cruelty, inconstancy, irresponsibility and inbred dishonesty." — Henry Norweb, U.S. ambassador to Cuba in the 40’s
All quotes from: Lars Schoultz, “Benevolent Domination: The Ideology of U.S. Policy toward Cuba,” Cuban Studies, 2010, Vol. 41, p1-19.
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