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BY PABLO BACHELET | Miami Herald

President Bush, in unusually candid comments on Cuba, made it clear Thursday that he would favor democracy over stability on the island if faced with a choice.

In his comments at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., Bush seemed to step back from the position that his administration would aggressively seek to end the communist system in Cuba. Now, Bush suggested a more passive approach, one where the administration was waiting for Fidel Castro’s death.

‘‘I strongly believe the people of Cuba ought to live in a free society,’’ he said. ``It’s in our interests that Cuba become free, and it’s in the interest of the Cuban people that they don’t have to live under an antiquated form of government that has just been repressive.’‘

‘‘You’ll see an interesting debate,’’ he said. ``Some will say all that matters is stability—which in my judgment will just simply reinforce the followers of the current regime. I think we ought to be pressing hard for democracy.’‘

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————PUBLISHER COMMENTS————

Actually I have to say that this comment is well said but I wonder if this is political speak for encouraging an uprising in Cuba? Is something happening in Cuba? Are negotiations underway and this is Bush’s way of telling Raul to open up Cuba or be prepared for “instability”. Hmmm, “instability” such a nice word for an uprising. I won’t go so far as to suggest a US invasion but a peace keeping mission to calm the “instability”? Maybe.

Maybe this statement is a message to Raul “Release political prisoners and start laying the groundwork for free elections.

Note to acting President Raul Castro: The pressure is on!

  1. Follow up post #1 added on June 29, 2007 by viajero

    dear publisher

    as usual, US does not stop from meddling in Cuba internal affairs, and it looks like your government hasn’t understood after 50 years that Cuba does not take very well any sort of pressure , especially from your mr.President.

    why your government doesn’t take care of your own political prisoners?


  2. Follow up post #2 added on July 01, 2007 by hans rademaker

    And I like a member of the working class in the US as president and not only milionairs. And one day GWB will meet his maker too. Although I do not know for sure if this is God or the devil.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on July 01, 2007 by Cuban American

    viajero,

    I am not trying to defend the US foreign policy because we all know it has flaws.  However, I would hardly consider that meddling in Cuba’s internal affairs.  The administration is always getting asked about its position on Cuba and many times it tries to avoid the questions, all I see here is the president making a comment.  Please expand on your comment of US political prisoners.


  4. Follow up post #4 added on July 06, 2007 by Anders

    most scandinavians have lost respect for US politicians a long time ago and the present oilshiekregim doesn´t help any. What is so good and remarkable about the US political system? We had working systemes for infrastructure maintanance and full litteracy in the 16th century. The US still isn´t there.
    Is it the butterfly ballots and disowning of voters rights in Florida/Bushistan that George W wants to promote ?  Or is it the all american efficiancy of FEMA that we should be impressed by. Perhaps the denial of the Kyotoprotocoll or the refusal to recognise the International Court on Human Rights in den Haag ?
    When usaians say the world should be more like their own country all they are doing is trying to hide their shortcomings before their own citizens. They haven´t even got a national health care program which many europeans developed in the 19th century. “Leaders of the world” - of what and towards what ?


  5. Follow up post #5 added on July 07, 2007 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    vijero… whats with this 50 years.  From my reading of Cuban history the US was knee deep in there from the Spanish-American war days on. - and deep it was.  It wasnt coincidence that Batista fled to the USA. 
    Am hoping that in years to come American involvement in Cuba will be like Canadian and European - (and hopefully Chavez will too).
    The Cuban people need a chance to get their act together on their own - with economic assitance and development, but not with political strings attached.


  6. Follow up post #6 added on July 10, 2007 by Dana Garrett

    “President Bush, in unusually candid comments on Cuba, made it clear Thursday that he would favor democracy over stability on the island if faced with a choice.”

    Given the ratio of instability to democracy Bush is willing to tolerate in Iraq, Bush’s announcement should send tremors of terror throughout the island. 

    “In his comments at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., Bush seemed to step back from the position that his administration would aggressively seek to end the communist system in Cuba. Now, Bush suggested a more passive approach, one where the administration was waiting for Fidel Castro’s death.”

    Ah, it must be dawning on the Bush administration that Castro’s death will bring no substantial changes in Cuba.  The revolution in Cuba never was just Castro alone.  It was always a fantasy to think otherwise.


  7. Follow up post #7 added on July 10, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    and Condi Rice said this

    QUESTION: Antonieta Cadiz of El Mercurio. In—I have to ask about Chile. Considering the delicate situations in the region as problems with democracy in Venezuela and Cuban transition, what is the role that the United States expects from a country like Chile within the region?

    SECRETARY RICE: Yes. Well, first of all, let me say that we have just an excellent relationship with Chile and we have for a number of years; a free trade agreement that’s working very well for both sides; I think political relations that have been very strong. And we expect of Chile what we expect of ourselves, which is that we will uphold the values that we share, we will uphold the values of the Inter-American Democratic Charter of the OAS. It is a good thing that Chile remains active in the region and has good relations with all of the countries of the region, but I have found that Chile has been very active in promoting these values and in promoting democracy.

    Now in the case of Venezuela, it’s obviously important, when something happens like RCTV, for people to speak up about that, because it’s not right for a government to close down free media because they think they’re going to be criticized.

    The Cuban transition is something that I think we’ll all have an opportunity to work together on because there is a transition underway in Cuba. We don’t know when it will come to an end, but it’s underway. And what we need to say to the Cuban people, in no uncertain terms, is that they—we will stand for their right to free and fair elections, when that transition happens, that we’re not going to tolerate the transfer of power from one dictator to another, that the Cuban people have the same rights to democracy and liberty and freedom that we all enjoy. A country like Chile that has gone through some very terrible times in terms of tyranny, in terms of oppression, perhaps can speak to that even more effectively than can the United States.

    And so I would hope that we could work together on this so that the Cuban people know that we intend to stand for their rights. And I should say too that we expect the future of Cuba to be decided by Cubans on the island, Cubans who will have to emerge from this authoritarian situation to claim their democratic future. But they need the support of countries like Chile and countries like the United States. I think our work with Chile, our relationship with Chile also shows that the United States doesn’t look at whether a government is from the left or from the right. That’s not the issue. We have excellent relations with Chile, excellent relations with Brazil, excellent relations with Uruguay, all governments of the left.

    But what we want to do is to cooperate with governments that govern democratically, that are trying to deal with the concerns and the aspirations of their people, and that will uphold rule of law. That is, for us, the only basis for a good relationship.

    Here http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2007/88015.htm



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  8. Follow up post #8 added on July 10, 2007 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    secretary rice seems to have conveniently forgotten it was the usa who made pinochet possible and that he makes castro look like a boy scout.


  9. Follow up post #9 added on July 10, 2007 by anders

    I agree with Dana Garrett. We know about the “Powell plan” of 2004 with all its details of invading Cuba, with detailed describtions of how and where to build landing strips, what private houses to confiscate and what farm lands to burn. Much of cuban diplomatic activities recently can be related to these autricous US policies.

    Cuba is a totally different affair then Iraq. The US could barely find any collaborators in Bagdad in spite of all dollars and gold promised even though the regime was limited to a minority support. Cuba is no “regime” or dictatorial “brothers in arms”. It´s a full fledged working political system with vast public support. And enormously strong national sentiments.

    And Cuba actually has friends around the world that never where dependent on the Soviet Union. When the reorganized UN Committee on Human Rights was established last year The General Assembly elected Cuba a member in the first round with a dussin or so other countries. Cuba recieved the 6th or 7th highest number of votes - over 70%.  Its position in the diplomatic community can only be compared to that of the Scandinavian countries, SAU of late and possibly Canada or India.

    When US politicians say “they will actively support” some faction in some country this set people on alert all over the world. Often it means people are going to die.

    Still it is possible to understand what Bush and Rice said as “climb downs” from previous positions. None of them are whipped to deliver anything to Florida any longer.  And the networks of agents connected to the US office of Interest in Havanna - often called “the opposition” - are such a complete failure the only thing they are good for is to feed anti-communists abroad with stories confirming the idea the world still is a square.


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