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?