More Spoons in the Stew

The Bush administration has created five more “interagency” groups to prepare for a post-castro Cuba:

WASHINGTON – Convinced that Cuban leader Fidel Castro will never regain the power he once wielded, the Bush administration has created five interagency working groups to monitor Cuba and carry out U.S. policy.

The groups, some of which operate in war-room-like settings, were quietly set up after the July 31 announcement that the ailing Castro, 80, had ceded power temporarily to a collective leadership headed by his brother, Raul, U.S. officials say.

The groups’ composition reflects both the administration’s Cuban policy priorities as well as the belief that Castro’s status as the island’s undisputed leader is finished, regardless of the nature of his still-mysterious ailment.

Muchas cucharas en al ajiaco, if you ask me.

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5 thoughts on “More Spoons in the Stew”

  1. More leaked BS to show that this government is ‘doing something’. All they’re doing (in their own words) is “preparing”. Preparing for WHAT?

    The entire top echelon of the regime is covered in blood of the Cuban people they have repressed. There is no ‘transition’, and there will never be any transition, so long as these criminals remain in control.

    You want to see evidence of a REAL TRANSITION?

    It will be when we see…..




    The minute you see the above 3, it will be the start of the “transition” to democracy in Cuba.

    I am pessimistic in that the only way I see any potential for change will be through the use of FORCE! These people will not change unless they are looking down the barrel of a gun. That’s the only thing they respect.

  2. Think of the position the US government is in. There was, to end the Cuban Missile Crisis, and possibly to protect the lives of those who fought at the Bay of Pigs, a deal struck with Castro. There is no way this deal would have included Raul, so the moment it is confirmed that Fidel Castro has died, all bets are off.

    It is in Raul Castro’s interests to delay knowledge of Fidel’s death as long as possible. The US has had 47 years to plan their own “transition” in Cuba. I think US intelligence knows one way or the other about Castro’s state of health, and the Cuban government’s ability to strike at whatever they threatened in 1961, and whether or not we can stop it.

    I personally think that if the US acted before official Cuban confirmation of Fidel’s death, Raul would be free to line every political prisoner in Cuba’s prisons up against the wall and shoot them, and per our treaty, we would be unable to hold Raul accountable for it. And we couldn’t stop him.

  3. R S

    “Raul would be free to line every political prisoner in Cuba’s prisons up against the wall and shoot them, and per our treaty, we would be unable to hold Raul accountable for it.”

    Please explain further. What “treaty” are you referring to? To my knowledge, EVERYONE (including the castro bros.) is accountable for their actions (since day one). If still alive, the castro bros, and everyone else responsible can be tried for “crimes against humanity.” It is EVERY Cuban’s expectation that Justice BE SERVED.

  4. Again, I think some kind of deal was struck, some kind of treaty signed that has kept the US from acting against Fidel. The USSR is gone, and Russia is not going to enforce old USSR treaties for Cuba’s sake. We would have every excuse to ignore a treaty made with the USSR. So the deal had to be made with Cuba, not the USSR—else Fidel would have been dealing with exploding cigars throughout the 1990s

    Cuba is not going to be able to do much about any threatened targets within the USA. Cops and FBI Counterintelligence could rein in Cuban agents before any operation got out of hand, so it is unlikely Cuba could threaten anything within the USA. If Cuba retained a nuke secretly from the old USSR, it is highly unlikely they would be able to launch it, due to the general lack of maintenance over there.

    So what Castro can threaten is not within the USA. It has to be something within Cuba. I think the only thing Castro can threaten would be political prisoners. We’d be less….hesitant if we could simply overwhelm Cuba and put any survivors of the Castro regime on trial…..but what if we can’t? What if part of the deal we struck in 1961 would immunize the Castro regime from war-crimes prosecution, should we strike before Castro is officially confirmed to be dead?

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