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Caleb McCarry dismisses idea of dialogue with Cuba

Posted February 28, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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AP

As Fidel Castro’s grip on power weakens rapidly, repression is increasing in Cuba under the control of his brother, Raul Castro, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

“In Cuba, this year will mark the end of the long domination of that country by Fidel Castro,” Mike McConnell, the United States’ new spy chief, told Congress.

McConnell, who did not explain his remark, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that significant positive change immediately after Fidel Castro’s death was unlikely. He said Raul Castro has had the opportunity to solidify his control in the seven months since his brother’s incapacitating illness.

Separately, the Bush administration official who oversees a White House effort to promote transition to democracy in Cuba said he has seen no indication that the government is getting ready to institute changes.

“What has increased is repression,” Caleb Charles McCarry said at a seminar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Security forces have stepped up harassment of dissidents and have kept closer track of reporters since Fidel Castro transferred control of Cuba’s government to his brother after undergoing intestinal surgery last July, the U.S. official said.

McCarry said the White House Commission for Assistance for a Free Cuba does “what it can to hasten the day when they can enjoy freedom again.”

He spoke primarily of broadcasts to Cuba and expressions of support for human rights and said that only peaceful means are used by the United States.

On the job since July 2005, McCarry dismissed any suggestion of U.S. dialogue with Cuba to prepare for transition to democracy. “The dialogue that needs to take place is between Cuban authorities and the Cuban people,” he said.

The fall of Castro’s 48-year-old government long has been predicted by U.S. officials since the 1959 revolution on the island.

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On February 28, 2007, publisher wrote:

1. “McCarry said the White House Commission for Assistance for a Free Cuba does “what it can to hasten the day when they can enjoy freedom again.”

Like in the days when Batista ran the country? Maybe if Mr. McCarry knew more about Cuba he would be able to choose his words better.

2. “On the job since July 2005, McCarry dismissed any suggestion of U.S. dialogue with Cuba to prepare for transition to democracy.”

Yes. Acting like a US Ambassador would be the wrong thing for “Abassador” McCarry to do. He should recommend tougher sanctions followed by an invasion because that’s all the Bush Administration seems to know. 

Mr. McCarry, what exactly do you do in Cuba if you are not there to have a dialogue with the Cuban government? How’s that two story scrolling neon sign overlooking the city of Havana working out for you? REAL diplomatic of you.

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On March 01, 2007, Don wrote:

McCarry hit all the buzz words: freedom, democracy, repression, dissidence, human rights, security forces… blah, blah, blah.

I being an American, I am used to politicians flapping their lips; they speak many words, but they say nothing at all. In addition, if you ask for his sources, you are told, “That is top secret.” Yeah right.

Heap buzz words on top of buzz words, and the words have no meaning.


I read a large part of the Cuban constitution (sounds good to me); they have elections every 2 1/2 years,  so what does MaCarry mean by democracy and freedoms?

If McCarry means you are not free to comit crimes in Cuba, that you cannot promote a violent over throw of the Cuban Government,  as some of the Miami Cuban exiles promote, then he has NO idea what he is talking about, and that makes McCarry a dangerous person, and a liar, in my book.

Don

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On March 01, 2007, Pete Chavez wrote:

Dear Don,
I am glad someone finally noticed it.  Yes, Cuba has free elections, they have been voting for Castro and all his colleagues into office every two years for the last 47 years. And everyone is in so much solidarity that there is no such thing or need for an opposition party.  That’s why they abolished the constitution in the early 60’s.  You should try to seek asylum in Cuba, I think you would love their true style of democracy there.  And I promise you, you would never have to hear anothere politician “Flap their lips, speak many words, and say nothing at all”.