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Raul is the hard-liner

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

Raul is the Hard-Liner

Since the beginning of the Castro family's totalitarian dictatorship, Raul has served as the regime's chief executioner -- responsible for thousands of deaths (including those of Americans).

Raul was nearly indicted in U.S. federal courts (politically scrapped at the last minute by President Clinton) for trafficking seven and a half tons of cocaine into Florida.

Raul has stolen and hoarded nearly all of the island's wealth under the control of his military cronies and phantom corporations.

And since Raul's "promotion" to dictator-in-chief, Cuban pro-democracy activists are suffering the highest number of political arrests in 30 years.

Yet -- à la Assad, Kim and Gaddafi -- Raul's propagandists have astutely created the myth that he is really a "reformer" being held back by the regime's "hard-liners" -- whom no one can seem to identify.

That's because Raul is the hard-liner.

In a thoughtful piece in Foreign Policy today, Amherst Professor Javier Corrales writes:

"Why is Havana so cautious about reform? Perhaps because its reformer-in-chief is also a stalwart of the revolution."

The obvious is finally starting to sink-in.

2 comments to Raul is the hard-liner

  • asombra

    Uh, no. The obvious is simply becoming too obvious to spin away. The spinning won't stop, of course, but some people respect themselves enough to avoid becoming glorified jokes like the typical Cuba "expert."

  • Gallardo

    Clinton, what's new. The lifeline that son of a bitch gave them was vital to their post-USSR survival. We can't forget how much he ran to return an escaped kid back to the sect-camp at Castro's demands. That was USA running to the demands of a miserable anti-American stalinist that robbed USA of billions, killed US citizens, insults USA every day, floods USA with drugs, and even threatened USA with nuclear war (with weapons that were not even theirs). But hey, everything for an easy presidency, a fellow leftist, and all for a juicy check.

    All that mattered to the population during those years was the now faded euphemistic terminology branded as political correctness and the economy, for political foresight and national self-respect they seem to not have had any. Never mind that Clinton was the first post-Cold War president not having to spend on an arms race THANKS TO REAGAN. The left acts as oblivious about that fact as they do towards the fact that Kennedy started the Vietnam War (among all else regarding Kennedy).

    USA can also thank Clinton for 9/11, a very costly attack cooked under his nose, amidst ignored intelligence, and with Bin Laden on the scope but having had the hit called off. All to then pretend to be doing something in '98 with the "Lewinsky Missiles", a late and insignificant action that was taken simply to divert attention but the average American seems too stupid to realize any of it.

    They still pay the crafty piece of crap six figures to hear him talk trash like the condecending frivolous fools they are and had it not been for the ghetto agitotar that today acts as president we can be certain that he would have had a third term thought Hillary, if not also a fourth.