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Posted December 05, 2004 by publisher in US Embargo

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GEORGE GEDDA | Associated Press

President Bush will be committed during his second term to the “liberation of Cuba” by extending moral and political support to the Cuban people, a top State Department official said Friday.

Roger Noriega, who heads the department’s Latin American bureau, also said that once Fidel Castro is no longer in power, the United States is ready to support broad economic and political reform in Cuba “to ensure that vestiges of the regime don’t hold on.”

Noriega noted that Washington has a blueprint for providing social, economic and other types of assistance to Cuba in the post-Castro era.

The plan is spelled out in a report released last May and overseen by Secretary of State Colin Powell. The assistance is conditioned on whether Cuba is on a democratic path and whether such assistance is requested.

Noriega said that Castro’s fragility at age 78 was underscored recently when he fractured a knee and an arm during a fall at a public event.

With Castro’s tumble, Noriega said, the Cuban people had to start thinking about their leader’s mortality as well as their own lives.

“The transition essentially is under way today,” Noriega told a gathering of more than 200 people at an event sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

In recent days, Castro ordered the release of some prisoners who were facing long sentences following their convictions last year of collaborating with the United States in anti-regime activities.

The Bush administration denied the allegation and said the detentions of 75 activists in March 2003 exposed the repressive nature of the regime.

The prisoner releases appeared to have been the result of Spanish mediation and could lead to a thaw in Cuban relations with the Europe.

Noriega said the Europeans should be engaging with the Cuban people rather than the Castro regime.

He added that it was “cynical and evil” for Castro to detain people and then release them in exchange for diplomatic favors.

As for the Europeans, he said, “making concessions to a regime like that is really a wrongheaded policy.”

  1. Follow up post #1 added on December 05, 2004 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I’m sure the Cuban people will be psyched to ask the US government for help after suffering the effects of the Embargo for 40 years.

    I don’t think many, perhaps any, Cubans want support from the US government.



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on December 05, 2004 by YoungCuban with 409 total posts

    “President Bush will be committed during his second term to the “liberation of Cuba” by extending moral and political support to the Cuban people, a top State Department official said Friday”

    Translation: President Bush will be committed to inavde Cuba for no reason as he did in Iraq.

    “Noriega noted that Washington has a blueprint for providing social, economic and other types of assistance to Cuba in the post-Castro era.”

    Translation: Washington has a blueprint on how to rape Cuba from all it’ natural resources.

    “With Castro’ tumble, Noriega said, the Cuban people had to start thinking about their leader’ mortality as well as their own lives.”

    Translation: With Castro out of the way the Cuban mafia in Miami has to start thinking which piece of the pie they want for themselves for helping the US starve their own for over 40 years

    I must admit that I am a bit worried about these double meaning comments,something is up and I hope to God it is’nt what I think it is.

    I wonder what goes on in the minds of such folks like Diaz Balart,Ros Leithan and the rest of the hard liners?

    I mean really, do they think they will be able to waltz into Cuba and expect a warm welcome home?

    These people do not realize they are NOT wanted in Cuba nor do they have the support of the (REAL) Cuban people.

     

     

     


  3. Follow up post #3 added on December 05, 2004 by Jesus Perez

    YoungCuban, your “translations” are right on the money. The worst of it is to see people like Diaz Balart and Ros-Lethien support this kind of aggression. Shame on them, they should never again be allowed to step on Cuban soil.


  4. Follow up post #4 added on December 06, 2004 by I-taoist with 213 total posts

    It is interesting to see Mr. Noriega speak with such authority on Cuba and the Cuban people; their wishes and desires.  It must be from all his trips to the island and his exchanges with average folk on the street. 

    It seems Mr. Noriega is guilty of Isabella’ now famous axiom:  “Unfortunately sir, it seems you are most assured about that which you know the least of.” A perfect encapsulation of this administration’ understanding of the Cuban dilemma? 


  5. Follow up post #5 added on December 06, 2004 by YoungCuban with 409 total posts

    I feel that the Diaz-Balarts in this world will get a very rude awakening from the Cuban public if they ever step foot in Cuba.

    Cubans do not and will not hear any of the mindless babble they have to say about why they supported such inhumane tactics against their own people.

    I still go back to what gives them any right to know what is best for Cuba when they left Cuba in pampers and have never gone back?

    I know Cuba and it’ people better than they do as I have gone to Cuba many times to visit my mothers family while they have all sat here growing up on Fruit Loops and The Brady Bunch while never going back to Cuba!

    Cuba should stay Cuban run,not Cuban (now American citizen)run!


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