Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Notes from Cuba - Wednesday, Sept. 28
Barack Obama: Responding to yesterday's overture by Cuba to open a dialog with the United States (see my post below), the president said that he is always ready to reconsider U.S. policy towards the island -- including the now 50 year old economic blockade. But Obama said he would have to see some real signs of democratization first, including the release of all political prisoners from the island. Presumably this would include U.S. citizen Alan Gross, who is quietly serving the early stages of his 15 year sentence for state security crimes. Since the Cubans reminded us just yesterday that relations cannot improve until the Miami Five are released, it looks like we're all back to Square One. On an official visit to Brazil today, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla said that he pays no attention to anything Obama says. Query: If you tell a man on Tuesday that you'd like to open a dialog with him, how does it help to tell him on Wednesday that you pay no attention to anything he says? Who's writing the game plan in Havana these days -- and just what is it?
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