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.’‘
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!