Naval War College Review


John C. Trainor


Caribbean countries and territories have become conspicuous in the United States' discussions about areas of national interest. Cuba, of course, has been the subject of discussion for some time, but now it is not alone as an area of concern. Many of the Caribbean countries suffer from political instability, poverty, socioeconomic inequities, and local insecurity, all causing anxieties both in those countries and in our own, because these conditions could be exploited by radical elements wishing to establish C:ommunist governments in our hemisphere, The Soviet Union would, of course, be the ultimate benefactor for any such movements.