As already posted by Alberto the cat’s–whoops!…we mean the missiles--are outta the bag–regarding Castro’s family fiefdom as a State Sponsor of Terror. Now it’s time for some fun as Julia “Sistah Cleo” Sweig and Phil “The Magnificent” Peters wax “analytically and expertly” on Cuba as State Sponsor of Terror:”
There had been speculation among analysts and others that the U.S. might use the report to take Cuba off the (State Sponsor of Terror) list and boost efforts to improve relations.
“It’s a missed opportunity. There’s no doubt about it,” said Philip Peters, a longtime Cuba analyst based in Washington. “It would have been an important step. It would have removed an accusation that the whole world knows is false.“(Phil Peters, May 1, 2013 as reported by the AP)
Julia Sweig, A Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who focuses on Latin America says that country’s continued isolation is not based on global terrorism concerns, but on political calculations.
“American policy towards Cuba is all based on domestic politics now.,” Sweig tells ABC News. “That’s why Cuba’s presence on the terrorist list no longer passes the laugh test in Washington D.C.”
“Cuba is clearly on the terrorist list for political reasons.” (Geoff Thale, program director at the Washington Office on Latin America. May 30, 2013.)
“There is a pretty clear case . . . that (Cuba) doesn’t really meet the (State Sponsor of Terror) standard anymore,” said a senior administration official with direct knowledge regarding US-Cuba policy who was not authorized to speak publicly. “They have neither the wherewithal nor are they doing much.” (we’re guessing our friends in Washington D.C. have a good clue who this “senior administration official” is.)
Some history of Washington D.C.-based Cuba “Expertise:”
“Don’t worry. We’ve infiltrated Castro’s guerrilla group in the Sierra Mountains. The Castro brothers and Ernesto “Che” Guevara have no affiliations with any Communists whatsoever.” (Havana CIA station chief Jim Noel Nov. 1958.)
“Fidel Castro is not only NOT a communist –he’s a strong ANTI-Communist fighter! He’s ready to help us in the hemisphere’s anti-communist fight and we should share our intelligence with him!” (CIA’s Cuba “Expert” Frank Bender April, 1959)