Yoani Sanchez center of attention in Brazil
( Check out the video yourselves. The questions during this Brazilian combo of our Face The Nation, Meet the Press and The View come in Portuguese but she answers in Spanish)
The money quotes:
"I don't regard myself as a (Castro regime) opponent."
"Yes, I did meet with a U.S. official. I met with Bisa Williams of the U.S. interest section to discuss the best manner to lift the U.S. embargo...If you want to accuse me of that--I proudly accept the charge."
Towards the end, the host throws out some words seeking her definition:
Che Guevara--"He lost me when I read his quote about a "Revolutionary must become a cold killing machine."
Fidel Castro--"The consequence of his ideas and actions were setback for Cuba. I, personally, would not rescue anything from them. His legacy might change in 20 or 30 years. But I prefer to refer to him simply as, "my past."
Raul Castro-- "He will pass into history as the reformer who could not activate the reforms we wanted."
The woman strikes me as sincere, a product of her times, environment and education. A better product than most, in fact.
No question from her Brazilian hosts, however, on the wholesale Castroite massacres of thousands of her countrymen and the torture of tens of thousands of them in the Castroite Gulag, or why when "DICTATOR!!!" Batista ran Cuba ALL Cubans traveled UTTERLY freely at their every whim, Cubans enjoyed a nigher standard of living than most Europeans (to say nothing of BRAZILIANS!!!), Cubans enjoyed the most advanced telecommunications on earth at the lowest prices and utterly free of government control--and Cuba enjoyed net immigration?
Again, I doubt she's up to snuff on these items. And I don't blame her. After all, 99.9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
per cent of Ivy League graduates, and professors--(we all know the exception!)
are also (but mostly willingly) ignorant of these items.
Regarding the (relative) understatement of the "embargo" during this Brazilian exposition? Well, "the U.S. embargo" is not a big deal in Brasil. They--meaning the vital players (the Brazilian government, Oderbrecht, etc.)--are already in Castro's bag.
The big prize, as we all well know, awaits in Washington D.C...Wonder if "the embargo" will THEN come up???)
(Oye pero la verdad que a este Fontova le encanta joder?)