Marco Rubio Photo Op with CIA operative who captured Che Guevara
Guevara was a ruthless killer turned into a leftist hero.
Marco Rubio may be out of the 2016 presidential race, but he’s making news for a photo op with Felix Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is a former CIA operative who famously helped capture the communist revolutionary, right-hand man to ruthless dictators, and mass murderer Che Guevara. (Rodriguez denies actually killing Guevara — see below.)
At an event in Miami commemorating the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba Sunday, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio paid homage to the 2506 Brigade, which led the assault. Organized by the CIA in 1961, the disastrous invasion was soundly defeated by the Cuban military and its people.
The former Republican presidential candidate took the opportunity to pose for a photo with Felix Rodriguez, former CIA agent who was a leader in the planning of the Bay of Pigs.
Rodriguez is also known as the person responsible for giving the order to kill Che Guevara, a leading figure in the Cuban Revolution, who had arrived in Bolivia in 1966 to lead a guerrilla movement to overthrow the U.S.-backed government there.
The CIA recruited Rodriguez in 1967 to head a team to hunt down Che.
Rodriguez, whose cover was that of a Bolivian army major, is pictured in the last photograph of Che alive.
Rubio, in his comments, (under)stated that Cuba “has not respected human rights.”
In his comments during the ceremony, Rubio said he lamented the lack of respect given to Cuban “martyrs” such as the 2506 Brigade and hinted that the Obama administration did not have any sympathy for “the thousands of Cubans who have died over more than 55 years of Cuban Communist rule for the sake of trying to bring democracy and freedom to the island.”
He also criticized the series of concessions that have been made by Obama to Cuba which he maintained “has not respected human rights.”
Be sure to read Jay Nordlinger, Felix Rodriguez, freedom fighter and patriot:
Rodriguez’s orders from Washington were to do everything he could to keep Guevara alive. Then, the prisoner would be transported to Panama, to be interrogated by the Americans. But the Bolivians had the authority in this matter. It was their war, their country — and they wanted him dead. Rodriguez gave the prisoner the news. “It’s better this way, Felix,” said Guevara. “I should never have been captured alive.” Rodriguez said to him, “Comandante, do you want me to say anything to your family if I ever have the opportunity?” After an interval, Guevara said, “Yes. Tell Fidel that he will soon see a triumphant revolution in America” (i.e., South America). “And tell my wife to get remarried and try to be happy.” The two men embraced. Then Rodriguez walked out of the schoolhouse. (He was never to meet Guevara’s family.)
The Bolivian officer in charge, Joaquín Zenteno Anaya, had offered Rodriguez the chance to finish Guevara off. Guevara had done Rodriguez’s country so much harm, Zenteno said. It was only right that he have the opportunity. But he declined. It was left to a Bolivian sergeant. Rodriguez has always maintained that Guevara died with courage and dignity. He admired him for it, and still does. But that’s as far as his admiration goes.
Not everyone is happy about the photo:
When Marco Rubio does things like pose with Che's assassin, it shows how out of step he is with Chicanos.
— Adriana Maestas (@AdrianaMaestas) April 27, 2016
Rubio should delete his life https://t.co/Bt0pvstBlW
— allie☭ (@guerillagroupie) April 28, 2016
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Thank you for tracking down the coward Che…!!!
Finally…a feel good story!
But he declined. It was left to a Bolivian sergeant.
Nuke ’em from orbit.
It’s the only way to be sure.
I see the h8ers have their knickers in a twist over this.
I have met this man. I understand he lives a couple of hours from me. He is a wonderful and humble man.
When I paid for his meal, he told me he would return the favor. The next time I meet him, I will ask him to hunt down the Phony Gary Britt:)
“the disastrous invasion was soundly defeated by the Cuban military and its people.”
Disastrous, yes. “Soundly defeated”, no.
““They fought magnificently and were not defeated,” stressed Marine Col. Jack Hawkins a multi-decorated WWII and Korea vet who helped train them. “They were abandoned on the beach without the supplies and support promised by their sponsor, the Government of the United States.””
“Camelot’s criminal idiocy finally brought Adm. Arleigh Burke of the Joints Chief of Staff, who was receiving the battlefield pleas, to the brink of mutiny. Years before, Adm. Burke sailed thousands of miles to smash his nation’s enemies at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Now he was Chief of Naval Operations and stood aghast as new enemies were being given a sanctuary 90 miles away! The fighting admiral was livid. They say his face was beet red and his facial veins popping as he faced down his commander-in-chief that fateful night of April 18, 1961. “Mr. President, TWO planes from the Essex! (the U.S. Carrier just offshore from the beachhead)” that’s all those Cuban boys need, Mr. President. Let me order…!”
JFK was in white tails and a bow tie that evening, having just emerged from an elegant social gathering. “Burke,” he replied. “We can’t get involved in this.”
“WE put those Cuban boys there, Mr. President!” The fighting admiral exploded. “By God, we ARE involved!”
Admiral Burke’s pleas also proved futile.”
Kennedy has proven to be a rather lousy president.
He did put a man on the moon, he did glamorize the White House and he did energize young people to serve their country.
But he also lost Cuba, and while in the White House slept with several Hollywood flakes and one mobster’s girlfriends, which probably got him shot.
Che was more of a murderer and psychopath than a revolutionary. He was known to prefer to perform executions personally and to enjoy the “wet work” with sadistic glee.
Castro sent him first to Africa and then to South America NOT to spread Revolution but to get his sicko ass out of the country, hopefully for good. The second time worked.
Che actually believed in the Domino Theory, just like the American leftists who publicly ridiculed it.
While Obama will be proven to be the gun salesman of the century, and Boehner is the greatest Trump vote-getter in the 2016 election, Che will be proven to be greatest t-shirt salesman in history.
Here is a Che shirt I would actually wear:
How about this one?
Having read “Hunting Che” by Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer, I got the feeling that Rodriquez didn’t really try very hard to keep the Bolivians from executing Guevara… not that I mind.
Rubio looks sad.. probably still feeling the aftereffects of Presidential contest