Questions that beg an answer

Marketwatch:

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — President Barack Obama is expected to announce a plan allowing U.S. telecom companies to apply for licenses in Cuba, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday on its Web site, citing an administration official. The licenses would allow U.S. companies to set up such services as television and mobile-phone service. The Journal reported that an announcement is expected in the afternoon.

OK here goes:

1. Assuming the that these American telecom’s take Obama up on this offer and submit licensing applications to the castro regime what is the likelihood that the regime will actually grant the licenses?

2. Assuming the regime grants the licenses will these American telecom’s be required to assist the regime in spying on the Cuban people? Remember the outrage about the Patriot Act and American telecoms assisting the U.S. Government? Will America’s guardians of civil liberties protest?

3. Mobile phones are one thing but what is the likelihood that the regime will permit American corporations to offer unfiltered television services into Cuba?

4. What happens if Cuba rejects these license applications on the basis of some pretext? Will Obama and the American and the international left then see the light and protest Cuba’s lack of fundamental freedoms?

3 thoughts on “Questions that beg an answer”

  1. This is a test. Let’s see how it plays out. It has positives and negatives. If Cuba does not grant the licenses that works in the favor of our argument. If Cuba grants the licenses, we’d have to see if these companies have to become like Google in China. If it goes that route, they’ll have to deal with the same negative pr that they’ve been receiving. If Cuba actually grants the licenses with no strings attached, we’ll have to see what excuse they come up with.

    While not a win win situation, it has bigger probabilities of helping the cause of a free Cuba. Will the left see the light? Not necessarily, but at least a lot more people will be aware of the Cuba situation and perhaps see that the island is in fact a sort of prison.

    Forget about the left; think about the pr repercussions this can have on the average American that swims on that sea of illusion the CBC talks about.

    Like I said, we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out, but I actually think it could have positive outcomes. I hope I’m not wrong.

  2. I think that what the Obama administration is doing is trying to get one step ahead of Castro’s friends at the upcoming summit in Trinidad.
    When Lula, Chavez and company begin their blah, blah, blah regarding Cuba, Obama can point at what the just announced and say “I did my part, now the ball is on Castro’s court.”
    Depending on how this plays out, it could put Castro in a difficult position. But it’s always hard to predict how the corpse-in-chief may react. He always has found a way to take advantage, for his own benefit, of everything that the US does regarding Cuba.

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