Thursday, May 14, 2009

Odds and ends

  • The Deputy Secretary of State outlines the Administration’s thinking on Cuba at the Council of the Americas conference: the Administration is open to dialogue with Cuba, it wants other countries in the hemisphere to press for human rights improvements, and Cuba should re-enter the Inter-American system “in a manner that is consistent with the principles of the Inter-American democratic charter.” At the same conference, Senator Menendez suggested that Congress might cut OAS funding if that body repeals the 1962 resolution that suspended Cuba’s membership.

  • Sun-Sentinel: Cuba’s family doctor network is being deployed to check on foreign visitors, in case any might be carriers of the H1N1 flu.

  • President Obama has nominated Georgetown University professor Arturo Valenzuela to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.


Anonymous said...

another example the Obama Administration is not going to blithely walk into some warm and fuzzy embrace with the Castro regime as so many are clamoring for. Unlike with the noisemakers, History will record their actions and the outcomes of any soft-headed engagement with that thug regime.


leftside said...

History has already taken note of the outcome of 50 years of hard-headed engagemment.

Anonymous said...

yes, a footnote...History will not ascribe 50 years of Castroism to U.S. policy, but to a megalomaniac tropical dictator.

Anonymous said...

yeah jesse, an actual voice of balance. it'd be too good to be true.