Every year, “Cuba Experts” make several trips to Cuba to talk with their so-called friends and “assess” the situation there. In a new year post on the Castro-apologist/Castro-propagandist blog Havana Note, one of those “experts,” John McAuliff, tells his readers that during his several visits last year to the island enslaved by a brutal and murderous dictatorship, he gets the impression there is real optimism that changes are finally coming to fruition. That assessment, of course, comes from conversations he has had with “old friends” in Cuba.
I was in Cuba three times in 2011 and have visited at least annually for the past 15 years. From numerous private conversations with old friends and random encounters I received an impression of growing optimism that real changes were finally underway. There is also a discernible growth of small scale entrepreneurial activity.
Just who those “old friends” in Cuba are, the “Cuba Expert” does not say. One can only imagine that each and every one of them are officials of the Castro dictatorship.
One thing we do know for certain, however, is who in Cuba is not an “old friend” of John McAuliff:
Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antunez,” Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, Martha Beatriz Roque, The Ladies in White, Luis Felipe Rojas, Ivonne Malleza, Sara Martha Fonseca, Gorki Aguila, Iván Hernández Carrillo, Pedro Arguelles Morán, Diosdado González Marrero, Félix Navarro Rodríguez, Librado Linares García, Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, Marcelo Manuel López Bañobre, Eduardo Díaz Fleitas, Ángel Moya Acosta to name but a few.
Then again, if any of these individuals were “friends” with McAuliff, he would then lose his “Cuba Expert” designationa and the VIP privileges bestowed upon him by the Castro dictatorship that allows him to gallivant around the island like a celebrity.
Everyone knows there are only two strict requirements for being a “Cuba Expert”: First is that you never, ever go against the Castro regime, and second is that you never, ever befriend or help any Cuban who opposes their tyranny.