In 2002, President Bush announced an Initative for a New Cuba, which included a scholarship program. “Our government will offer scholarships in the
The program didn’t get very far. Last time I checked, a $400,000 USAID grant to
From the Administration’s point of view, this was another case of the Cuban regime denying opportunity to its citizens. From the Cuban government’s point of view, one can surmise that there was little inclination to cooperate, by granting travel permits to students, with what it viewed as a program to train a new generation of political opposition.
At any rate, it turns out that the Bush Administration made a very constructive change last year. On the website of the U.S. Interests Section in
A good move. If it’s not too late to praise the Bush Administration, I’ll do so now.