The Cuban government made its first statement on the detained USAID contractor (see discussion here), and it came from President Raul Castro in his December 21 speech to
Despite the enormous propaganda campaign undertaken to confuse the world about an apparent willingness to take a new direction in the bilateral dispute, putting forth [as evidence] the repeal of the restrictions on the trips of Cuban émigrés and remittances to their relatives, the truth is that the instruments for the policy of aggression against Cuba remain intact, and the U.S. government does not give up on destroying the Revolution and generating a change in our economic and social regime.
The enemy is as active as ever. A case in point is the detention in recent days of a
This is not good news for the American detainee, who we’ll again call Mr. Smith.
It would seem to increase the odds that
Meanwhile, the Washington Post examines the USAID Cuba program and reports, based on
Under these circumstances, it may be good that no charges have been filed yet. Hopefully, our diplomats have more time to try to achieve Smith’s release. But it seems clear that on the Cuban side, Smith is viewed not as an ordinary social worker, but as a political operative in a
Which gets to the real flaw in the program. It is designed around American intentions and ignores the nature of
Maybe it was nice while it did work, but now that an American is in jail it seems to me that the Obama Administration has to decide a few things. Among them: whether this program and this method of operating is the best way to promote its goals in