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Monday, August 07, 2006

COLUMN: 5 RECOMMENDATIONS TO BUSH ON CUBA

President Bush must have a clear plan to react to ailing Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's decission to cede power to his brother, Raúl. Here are five key recommendations: First, lay low. Whatever you say, don't make aggressive statements that would help the Cuban regime perpetuate the myth that Cuba is facing an imminent U.S. invasion and that Cuban exiles are intent on descending on Havana to reclaim their properties. Read the entire column here.

11 Comments:

Blogger Boli-Nica said...

Very sensible ideas. The U.S. by staying quiet on Chavez in South America the last six months, has allowed for a South American backlash against the Venezuelan strongman to happen. The hardliners in Cuban government and military have to be kept down.

As far as engaging the government, that needs to be a priority now that there seems to be a re-alignment. Burton Helms has to be amended somehow. Raul Castro will not be there forever, it is time to identify new leadership in the island who might be more pragmatic.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous ARNALDO FERNANDEZ SR said...

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1:08 PM  
Blogger !Ya No Mas! said...

I agree United States need to zip-lock their lips on this one.I don’t know why the United States would try to upset the transition. That would be playing with fire. America needs to be watchful and alert. They need to try to anticipate any opportunity that’s presented and work with it.Chávez provides about $2.5 billion worth of subsidies to Cuba, and without that the Cuban economy would be in shambles. Raúl isn’t in the best position there.I think Raul will want to decentralize and liberalize the economy. I think there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that.Raúl is attracted to the Chinese political-economic model.It’s very hard to predict with Raul Castro. Raúl is a very effective organizer and planner.That’s one of the critical differences between them. Fidel micromanages.about the Burton Helms act lets not open that can of worms... The act has been said to violate international trade law, which it quite obviously does. Both the OAS and UN also disallow using economic measures to influence foreign governments.This law has been largely unsuccessful. Every Cuban knows what the U.S. is trying to do, and the Cuban Government has had an easy time blaming the U.S. for its economic troubles. Whether or not this is fair, Cubans have been united more by the Helms-Burton Act than anything else in a long time.Bottom line Raúl is 75 years old. there is noone else in the wings behind him who is being groomed to take over. Maybe kiss-ass Carlos Lage..who’s one of several vice presidents of Cuba’s Council of State..but the waiting game is on..Stay Tuned Folk, Raul Castro's Propaganda Machinery is slowy being groomed.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Sr Jodio said...

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5:30 PM  
Blogger roberto e said...

Sorry Andres, Would you be telling South Amercans to be low key if Pinochet,or the Argie Generals dressed as NY Doormen were still in Power terrorizing their peoples.

As for Mr Paya and all the other brave dissidents in Cuba I applaud and respect them but ,
Cubans can not wait another 47 years by giving another bloody tyrant a China like opportunity to make more money on the backs of the Cuban people as you and others in our community propose.
I expect nothing good from the Spaniards with their Hotel investments in Cuba built by Cuban slave labor and financed by Spanish Tax payer guaranteed loans to Hotel Groups and their partners the Castros' and the various Drug Cartels..
As for the USA one can only hope and pray that they get it right

Seems strange to me that an educated man like you does not know that Zapatero
as soon as he arrived in power called for all Euro embassies in Cuba to refuse receiving any of the valiant dissidents in their embassies in Havana..including Paya....... Thanks to the Czechs and Poles.. Zapatero eventually failed..The PLO flag draped scarf he was recently photographed wearing suits him to a Tee.

As for Miami Cubans charging to Cuba to take back crumbling properties... .from the poor souls in Cuba
......These poor souls are nobody's fools ,.......

Sometime ago a Spanish language TV reporter from UNIVISION interviewed a man outside his crumbling house in Havana.
In response to the reporter who questioned him about Miami exiles returning
he replied that he doubts that anybody wants his crumbling house and if they do
they must be in worse shape than he is . He then pointed to his house and thanked Fidel and his revolution for the wonderful shape its in ........

Many of us look forward to what happened in Poland, East Germany Hungary and the Czech Republic happening in Cuba.
I know that deep in your heart you do as well

You can keep the Chinese and Russian models for your academic treatise with other Latin American intellectuals constantly blaming the USA for everything instead of seeing that the fault is within themselves and their stagnant and corrupt tax- evading elites political,academic and private.

Sincerely ,

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Andres, nice euphemism, talking about "remittances" of $1 billion. That is, in reality, theft. Stealing money from the USA instead of investing the money back into the community. That is the historic legacy of the Hispanic people: theft.
Inviting themselves into rich societies all over the Americas, robbing blind those once rich societies of all their wealth, forcing the Spanish language and culture on such societies and rewriting the history of those socities to make it appear as if they reached their high point only when Hispanics arrived on the scene. Then leaving those societies in abject poverty once the rape has been completed. That is the historic legacy of the Hispanic race of people.

Paul Thorsen
PThorsen240@aol.com

9:51 PM  
Blogger Boli-Nica said...

Sorry Andres, Would you be telling South Amercans to be low key if Pinochet,or the Argie Generals dressed as NY Doormen were still in Power terrorizing their peoples.

Remember there was a peaceful transition from Pinochet to democracy, the product of a lot of demonstrations and inside pressure from the US.

10:47 AM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Very nice work, Andres. For the first time, I think I am coming around to the way you see it.

It makes sense.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous mucha said...

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Mucha de la Torre

10:47 AM  
Anonymous mucha said...

Muy interesantes tus artículos. De casualidad porque yo también tengo mi blog en el nuevo Herald me encontré con el tuyo . Te sigo desde hace bastante. Felicitaciones de una argentina blogera
Mucha de la Torre
http://recomenzar.blogspot.com

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