A ‘Power Play’ that could secure the release of Alan Gross, the American hostage held in Cuba

Lt. Col. Chris Simmons recognizes that there is no such thing as reasonable negotiations with the criminal Castro dictatorship in Cuba. The thuggish regime only understands one language, pain, and until the U.S. begins speaking pain to them, they will continue to make fools of the Obama administration and its State Department.

Via Cuba Confidential:

COMMENTARY: “Power Play” Would Prompt Cuba to Quickly Release Alan Gross

By Chris Simmons

For some time, the Castro regime has offered to exchange imprisoned American Alan Gross for a group of its spies known as the “Cuban Five.”    At least one official, retired Colonel Néstor García Iturbe, the former head of Cuba’s intelligence school, is urging Havana to hold out for the Cuban Five and Ana Montes – the highest-ranking Cuban agent ever imprisoned by the United States.

Cuba’s call for an exchange has received a warm welcome from Gross’ Jewish family, the Jewish community and other well-intentioned but misguided supporters.  No trade should ever be considered.  The Cuban Five, as well as Ana Montes, are directly or indirectly responsible for the premeditated murders of several Americans.  In contrast, Alan Gross – who isn’t even a spy – has hurt no one.

The Castro regime has long viewed America as an impatient and hapless giant.  As such, it arrested Gross to use as leverage against the United States.  In its mind, the idea that the US would exchange the Cuban Five for an imprisoned American was a forgone conclusion.  The only questions in the minds of Havana’s despots are “how long will it take?” and “will we get all five/six?”

The Castro brothers and their aging cabal of leaders understand and respect only two things – power and the willingness to use it.  Negotiating with them is a fool’s errand.  However, the surgical application of force against one of Havana’s critical weaknesses would quickly lead to Alan Gross’s unconditional release.

The proposed “power play” is brilliant in its simplicity.  Currently, officials assigned to the Cuban Mission to the United Nations (CMUN) are allowed to travel freely only within a 25-mile radius from the center of New York City.  Similarly, Cuban officials in Washington DC are allowed to travel at will within a 25-mile radius of the White House.  Travel outside this zone requires advance approval from the State Department.  US officials in Havana face a similar 25-mile restriction.

The US should tell Havana to release Alan Gross within 48 hours or it will shrink the 25-mile radius by one mile every day until he is freed.   If Gross isn’t free within 25 days, Havana’s diplomats would be confined to the CMUN and their Interests Section.   While this may seem little more than an inconvenience to Cuba’s officials, in reality, it would bring the regime to its knees.

The safety and security of the Cuban Interests Section and the CMUN are central to Havana’s ability to commit espionage in the United States.  More importantly, it requires an uninterrupted US presence to maintain its role as “intelligence trafficker to the world.”  Over the years, the selling of US secrets has become a major revenue stream in sustaining the regime.  According to defectors and émigrés, Havana’s trafficking generates hundreds of millions of dollars annually.  While Cuba would still be able to sell the information it intercepts from the airwaves, the loss of the secrets stolen by its US-based spy networks would have an immediate and significant impact.  The value of its intelligence “commodity” would plummet.   Additionally, its intelligence services, part of whose budgets are based on the sale of its US secrets, would be further crippled by this economic downturn.

In contrast, the risk to the US for undertaking this “power play” is largely irrelevant.  Cuba would, no doubt, restrict US diplomats to our Interests Section in Havana.  But who cares?  The US doesn’t earn hundreds of millions of dollars by selling Cuban secrets to its allies.  The US economy is not based on intelligence trafficking, as is Havana’s.  If the US is serious about wanting Alan Gross returned, it’s time for a “squeeze play.”  The smart money is betting that Havana blinks first.

5 thoughts on “A ‘Power Play’ that could secure the release of Alan Gross, the American hostage held in Cuba”

  1. I love it, but sadly we shall have to wait until Romney is president to get this threat to come about.
    Well, Grossman and his family are pleased with all that Obama is doing to try to help them. So let’s let them see the difference when a real president who loves this country is president.
    Now what you have to do is get this idea to Romney and have him promise this threat the moment he takes office.

  2. It’s obvious Obama doesn’t care about Gross per se and is not at all inclined to play hardball with Havana. He will keep making empty, toothless statements or gestures, simply kicking the can down the road. It is primarily for American Jews to call him on it, but I expect they’re much more likely to call for paying the ransom Cuba wants, the five convicted spies with blood on their hands. That is, of course, the path of least resistance, however immoral and dishonorable, and besides, screwing over Cubans has so many precedents it’s practically mandatory.

  3. This regime doesn’t believe in speaking power to thugs, only to the citizens whose liberty and wealth it’s sworn to protect.

    Thugs in places high and low, be they jihadists, street criminals, or commie rats only understand one thing: certain destruction. They respect those who tell them they’re crafting their doom. Thugs like it, in a perverse sort of way, when the strong tell them it’s over, they’re beat.

    That won’t happen with this regime, of course, but it’s a winning plan from Col. Simmons.

    President Reagan was elected and within minutes the lunatics in pie-hats over there, Iran, released the hostages. Leftist rats immediately crafted yet another ‘alternate narrative’ called the October Surprise, in which George Bush supposedly flew Paris in an SR-71 to secretly negotiate for their release.

    Anyone having even a passing familiarity with that aircraft instinctively understands the absurdity of that lie.

    The jihadis in Tehran knew President Reagan meant business, not to be trifled with, unlike his simpering socialist predecessor.

    Thugs must know fear. Anything shy of that only encourages them.

    Paul Vincent Zecchino
    Manasoviet Key, Florida
    17 June, 2012

  4. The left also floated the idea, which is popularly accepted, that the reason the Iranians didn’t release the hostages earlier is that they hated Carter and wanted to humiliate him.
    I am sorry. I never bought that. I think Paul Vincent Zecchino and the rest are closer to the truth.

    That is why I reiterate, get this idea to Romney and let him say it out loud now. Of course, Obama will steal it and pretend it was always his idea in the first place.

  5. Honey –

    Agree, this whole ‘October Surprise’ ‘alternate narrative’ about secret deals and flights in SR-71’s was cobbled by leftist rats who wanted to discredit President Reagan. The truth came out some time later.

    There did exist one two-seat SR-71 – one – the ‘B’ model, for flight training. Even if VP Bush could have flown in it, it’s not likely. SR-71 pilots wore flight suits costing more than one hundred thousand dollars. They couldn’t even ride the backseat without first training for months as to how to handle near-space conditions. They described themselves as more like astronauts than pilots, given the tremendous speeds and high altitudes at which they operated.

    This SR-71 element was craftily inserted into the ‘narrative’ by the left to bamboozle unsuspecting people who heard the lie.

    When promised certain destruction, gutless thugs always fold like a cheap camera.

    But they just love ‘reset’ and all the other stripey-pants nonsense from the ivy league tossers.

    Paul Vincent Zecchino
    Mansoviet Key, Florida
    17 June, 2012

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