Amazingly, Castro’s “exiled” Minister of Imports (Alimport’s Pedro Alvarez) echoes Mariella Castro, Ana Belen Montes and Julia Sweig
Genuine caption: Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and Alimport CEO Pedro Alvarez embrace as a legislative aide to Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel looks on.
As well known hereabouts, one of Stalinist Cuba's top apparatchiks for decades, Pedro Alvarez, made his way to the U.S. in 2011 and was whisked through the U.S. residency process. Alvarez took full advantage the Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act. (Its proper nomenclature, btw)
This week-end he took a little time off from his booming real estate ventures and spoke to Diario Las Americas.
"What has the embargo accomplished?" The "former" Castroite apparatchik asks. "Has it changed Cuban realities at all in the past 50 years? Those of us who know the answer propose that in this game (U.S.) tactics and strategy must change."
In brief, this (for-decades) prominent and trusted apparatchik of a murderous KGB and STASI-tutored regime opines that:
* Obama's "people to people" Cuba policy is working well--but more needs to be done in this vein.
* Cuba's crackerjack medical industry produces many medicines that could save the lives of Americans ( but for that diabolical "embargo.")
* Now is the time to encourage change in Cuba--but U.S. economic pressure (the dastardly "embargo") is counterproductive.
* The (embargo) cedes the playing field to U.S. competitors. Trade with Cuba could be a bonanza for U.S. companies.
Entire thing (in Spanish) here.
Should his real estate venture falter, Pedro Alvarez is now guaranteed a spot as a CNN "analyst," and Brookings "Fellow"---just watch. He's probably already a silent partner in The Cuba Study Group.