17 thoughts on “What are they doing?”

  1. I don’t know what they are doing. I hope they are working on something behind the scenes – even if it is little – everybit counts. Also they might be working on other issues that are un realted to pro democracy in Cuba. Remember, they might be Cuban American, but some of their bosses are not.

    Also remember that the pro Castro machine – or lobby is sadly bigger, stronger, more wide spread and better financed. Maybe the evil actions of the pro castroites somehow overshadow things the Cuban Americans are doing.

    For example – there’s a fund raising organization – and I am not making this up folks – that ONLY gives MONEY to PRO CASTRO and DROP the EMBARGO things – it is the Christopher Reynolds Foundation.
    http://www.creynolds.org/guide.htm
    For example in 2005 the CRF gave $80,000.00 to the National Lawyers Guild – for Cuba work. WHY? The National Lawyers Guild is a Communist Party USA front.

    I really hope and pray that our brothers and sisters in government have not forgotten about Cuba. If they can’t do anything then we- WE need to take it upon ourselves like BABALU BLOG, CUBAN AMER PUNDIT, ZIVA, KILL KASTRO, and all of us have been doing. It is a never ending battle.

    But the pro Castro lobby is a strong one folks – we need to fight it here.

  2. While we agree with your assesment that those people have bosses, etc., we disagree about the Cuban Regime’s efforts in DC.

    The person(s) who sent us that list advised that with all these people, and more, plus the economic clout of Cuban-Americans, why has not more been done.

    The Cuban Interests Section is barely holding on. We see them close-up. No one in DC really takes them seriously except, maybe, the lefty kooks. They had a hey day, but the sun is setting on the Cuban regime, we see it close up.

    A lot of the people on that list have done a good job, some, well, no comment. But after 47 years, is it not time to pool and work together?

  3. A good question I have is: what more can those individuals do to help?

    Sometimes I think we (Cuban-Americans) overestimate our influence. Yes, we have a strong lobby, but remember that Cuban-Americans comprise a small minority even within the Hispanic community. You can’t compare our numbers with other minorities.

    I agree that more has to be done. However, I like to put things in perspective, and there are many in this country (pro-castro as well as others) who feel that we are given TOO MUCH attention. The Cuban immigration policy is one example that those people like to use.

    Again, I agree with the premise of this post. But sometimes we do need to take an honest look at our situation relative to others.

  4. Robert, well said. And, as far as immigration, we should have shut down preferential immigration for Cubans long ago. The issue is like a pressure cooker with a leak, it “pitico” will never go full pressure. Want the system to implode quicker, stop immigration, stop “los viajes para ver abuelita,” and stop, we’d go this far, the phone calls that the Castro regime gets a percentage from every year. Do that, the Castro regime may last a month.

  5. i know a number of them the ones I know are good people. For instance Frank Calzon was beaten up in Geneva by Castro thugs while on a human rights mission

  6. Mr. Daley,

    You’d be surprised to learn that the list was not sent to us by the CIS – although they do bug us with silly e-mail frequently, but rather, a conservative Republican interested in resolving the matter once and for all.

    WHPW

  7. SHPW- You said, “Robert, well said. And, as far as immigration, we should have shut down preferential immigration for Cubans long ago.” How can you say that, considering conditions in Cuba? And the U.S. role in creating those conditions, quite the contrary I’d say.

  8. I must be brain dead Val, I didn’t get your last comment.

    I do think I understand what WHPW is saying, and I have to say that I agree – even more after recent events, and my continuous learning such as the fact that the remittances make up almost 90% of Cuba’s current economy. Stop remittances, it won’t last a week.

  9. So what are you saying, no more asylum? I cannot agree with that. No question ending remittances and all travel would sure hurry things along, but I think it would be chaos, and bloody and unless the US military is prepared to step in, which I doubt, no guarantee of a good outcome. Don’t underestimate the willingness of castro to slaughter his own citizens.

  10. Ziva et al,

    There is a role for the Human Rights issue, which is the matter you indirectly address in your comments. However, it must never be a primary driver of our foreign policy in any region

    In March 2005, when our group decided to begin the blog, we said “[t]here is so much more than can and must be done with regards to getting the emphasis moved away from Miami, and more robustly into the island. If this means taking money from exile groups not working up to par, and putting it in the form of supplies and means into the island, so be it. If this means calling a Republican Administration and Republican Congress to task for failing to live up to its promises, so be it.

    Given the post-9/11 realities, our country cannot afford to diddle-dawdle with the Castro regime or its proxy, the Chavez regime in Venezuela. Remember, it was a band of terrorists armed with box cutters that, as Castro said in Iran in anther context, “brought America to its knees.”

    The America we know, the one we defend and some of us work for, does not play games or negotiates with terrorists or thugs. We understand that there have been exceptions, but none come to mind as regards to Cuba or the Castro brothers.

    We firmly beleive that we can win this, soon, if we tried to force the hand of the system and let the people do what needs doing.

    As far as bloodshed, no one wants it, but it will happen sooner, or it will happen later. 47 years of tyranny can do that to a person.

    The March post, can be found at

    http://westernhemispherepolicywatch.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_westernhemispherepolicywatch_archive.html

  11. WHPW-I’ve read the above linked post and you’re not saying anything that hasn’t been said here at Babalu or among ourselves, and it all sounds good in theory, but where’s the plan that is going to free Cuba? All the rhetoric is great, but where are the weapons? That’s what Cubans need, not more TV Marti, real weapons to take down the regime of fidel castro. How about arming Cuban-Americans and letting them help their brothers on the Island? I don’t believe unarmed resistance against castro’s military apparatus will work; I’d love for someone to convince me otherwise.

  12. Ziva,

    Then WHPW is in good company. If future, we shall mine Babalu Blog for ideas (with due credit, of course).

    Warmest Regards,

    WHPW Editors

  13. A number of these Cuban-Americans were likewise active during the Reagan presidency (1981-89) and the subsequent Bush administration (1989-93). They accomplished about as much then as they are doing now.

  14. I don’t like to use conspiracy theories but one that might be related to all this is one that I have been hearing for a long time – that no matter how many Cuban Americans are in the US government or how many things are done to foster democracy – nothing really happenes because – some people say that it’s in the best interests of the USA to have Castro in power. I am only reporting what I have heard for so long. I don’t understand it or if it is true. But how is it that a clown and lunatic like Castro has survived to become the oldest ruling dictator in the world? Someone has to be pulling the strings here.

  15. One does what one can. Frank Calzon was beaten in Geneva Switzerland because he tried to defend human rights in Cuba in a UN Human Rights forum.
    http://washingtontimes.com/world/20040416-120207-5977r.htm

    What have any others have done. (Tony I know what you tried to do, thus this rebuke is not for you.)

    Castro’s influence overseas is built on propaganda and deceit. Until this fraud is exposed very little can be done. Every time some idiot talks of what Castro has done, tell that idiot that Cuban data on child mortality, education, etc is produced by the present Cuban government and then it is accepted with out examiniation by international organizations, much the same way that Jimmy Carter accepted Hugo Chavez’s “election returns.”

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