At the Havana Note, Tom Garofalo wrote a very useful explanation of the meaning behind some of the terms the Cardinal used when he expressed his desire for dialogue in the interest of the common good of the Cuban nation.
Cardinal Ortega focused mainly on the situation inside
He is not swooning over President Obama. He makes a modest assessment of the new President’s actions toward
“…with time the campaign proposal was changed. The old policy prevailed again: to begin at the end. I am convinced that the first step should be to meet and talk and, as the dialogue advances, steps could be taken to improve difficult situations or to overcome the most critical points.”
In other words, President Obama has it backwards.
And Cardinal Ortega gives the issue of U.S.-Cuba dialogue more importance than one might guess.
The remarks cited above came in response to this question: “Do you truly believe that the conflict with the
Finally, the Cardinal described the coverage of Orlando Zapata’s death as a “war of words of the communications media of the