"A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes," quipped humorist Mark Twain, repeating an old adage. The report that Cuban troops had deployed to Syria to drive Russian tanks in support of the Bashar al-Assad's government swept across conservative social media like a firestorm earlier this month after the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami posted it, citing no sources whatsoever. Fox News then picked it up, claiming the report had been confirmed by an unnamed "U.S. official" citing intelligence reports that Cuban "paramilitary and special forces units" were in Syria. 

Within days, both Cuba and Syria denied the accusation categorically, and White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest shot it down, declaring, "We've seen no evidence to indicate that those reports are true."

In the heat of the moment, conservative commentators were quick to draw parallels to Cuba's past military adventures abroad in Syria (1973), Angola (1975) and Ethiopia (1978). But the better comparison turned out to be the phony crises manufactured by conservatives to derail President Jimmy Carter's attempt to normalize relations with Cuba...

Articles, Opinions, and Papers

Date Title
3/5/17 Report: Cuba has kept drug trafficking, consumption in check
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
3/1/17 It’s only a drill: Guantánamo rehearses Caribbean migrant crisis
Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald
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2/13/16 U.S. missile inadvertently shipped to Cuba has been returned
2/12/16 Unlikely Allies: U.S. and Cuban Armed Forces
William LeoGrande, World Policy
2/10/16 Cuban colonel meets in Miami with U.S. officials
Nora Gamez Torres, El Nuevo Herald
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10/26/15 Current Record
10/17/15 Cuba denies it has sent troops to Syria to help Assad
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6/30/14 The Party and the Army: Civil-Military Relations in Cuba
William LeoGrande, Huffington Post
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11/8/11 Raul Castro Names New Cuban Defense Minister
The New York Times
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9/8/11 Cuba’s next Defense Minister a puzzle
By Juan Tamayo, The Miami Herald
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2/24/11 Would Cuba’s soldiers pull the trigger?
Marifeli Perez-Stable, Miami Herald
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7/28/08 Castro: Defense is priority
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3/11/08 When spies become diplomats