Department of State, Guevara's Death--The Meaning for Latin America, October 12, 1967

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Department of State, Guevara's Death--The Meaning for Latin America, October 12, 1967

Description

In this interpretive report for Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Thomas Hughes, the Latin America specialist at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, summarizes the importance of "the defeat of the foremost tactician of the Cuban revolutionary strategy." The analyst predicts that Guevara "will be eulogized as the model revolutionary who met a heroic death." The circumstances of his failure in Bolivia, however, will strengthen the position of "peaceful line" communist party groups in the Hemisphere. Castro, he argues, will be subject to "we told you so" criticism from older leftist parties, but his "spell on the more youthful elements in the hemisphere will not be broken." The analysis fails to incorporate evidence of the disagreement between Castro and Guevara on the prospects for revolution in Latin America, or the Soviet pressure on Cuba to reduce support for insurgent movements in the Hemisphere.

Publisher

Timothy C Platt, MSM

Date

October 12, 1967

Contributor

Thomas Hughes

Files

1967-10-12.pdf

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Citation

“Department of State, Guevara's Death--The Meaning for Latin America, October 12, 1967,” The Che Guevara Files, accessed November 23, 2017, http://comandantecheguevara.org/items/show/14.