Summary of Chapter Five

of Chapter Five

The fifth chapter talks about the Kennedy and Johnson Doctrines andreveals how the US ended its relationship with the Cuban government.More importantly, the Kennedy Doctrine shows how the US governmentdecided to contain communism and Cuba was one of the nations that hadembraced such ideologies (Rabe, 2012). In this case, it meant thatthe US government and the Cubans would no longer have any friendlyrelations since they had conflicting ideologies. The US governmentwanted to prevent the USSR from spreading the communist ideologiesaround the world. The Americans knew that the USSR would attack themif they were not well-prepared for the same scenario. The Doctrinealso established a foreign policy that established the notion of theUS being a power that controls nations and events around the world.Hence, it was seen as a way of saving the world from the communistideologies that were misleading from the eyes of the Americans. Onthe other hand, the Johnson Doctrine decided that the United Stateswill never permit a communist regime from controlling the nations inthe Western Hemisphere (Rabe, 2012). Hence, that meant that the USgovernment was ready to intervene in the Cuban scenario and help inchasing away the communists. The fact that Fidel Castro supported thecommunists and hated the Americans led to the US government endingany friendly ties. It also meant that the Americans declared Cuba asone of its enemies. The US government had to operate carefully sothat they can prevent another Cuban Missile Crisis. All in all, theKennedy and Johnson Doctrines are the two critical aspects thatsevered the relationship between the US and Cuba as well.


Rabe, S. (2012). The Killing Zone: The United States Wages ColdWar in Latin America. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.