our problem with Cuba was that they were threatening to allow russia to deploy nuclear weapons. sure, we hated them in the first place for specious reasons, but we weren't threatening to melt them into nuclear ash just because they were commies.
US missiles in Turkey, anyone?
Good times... We had fond memories of IJ and SW in those days, because at the time we only had three SW movies and three IJ movies to remember. Then George Lucas was abducted by the aliens from the fourth IJ movie (or maybe by a horde of Jar Jar Binks clones), and they lobotomized him. Next thing we know: SW prequel trilogy and IJ4.
Only acting on behalf of their employers. No more guilty than enforcers of mafia boss.
Ask the Nuremberg defendants how it went for them when they tried to put all the blame on Adolf... (Hello, Mr. Michael Godwin!)
Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.