383. Memorandum From the Presidentʼs Special Assistant (Schlesinger) to the Presidentʼs Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy)0
The attached paper sums up the evidence which suggests a striking change in Soviet policy toward Cuba.
Until recently, it had been supposed that the USSR regarded Cuba as a poor field for investment, presumably on the ground that it was too vulnerable to the U.S.
Raul Castro visited Moscow a few weeks ago. No communique was issued, and our intelligence people concluded that his mission had failed. It now appears that Raul succeeded and that the USSR may have decided to make a major investment in Cuba.
Any military construction will probably be defensive in function; a launching pad directed against the U.S. would be too blatant a provocation. Probably they want to listen in on Canaveral—or to shoot down a U-2.
Mr. McCone is going to take this up with the President this afternoon.
- Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Countries Series, Cuba, Subjects, Intelligence Material, 1/62-9/62. Secret.↩