Hall of shame: 78 bigwigs — some of them Cuban “exiles”– write love letter to present occupant of the White House, ask for more concessions to Castrogonia

Venezuelans waiting in line for food.

Ay!  The  colossal Christmas gift given to Raul Castro by the present occupant of the White House was apparently not colossal enough for some people.

Seventy-eight prominent politicians and leading business heavyweights have written said occupant a thank-you letter for his December 17 capitulation to the Castro regime in which they actually beg for more concessions to be granted to said dictatorship.

The letter is filled with the same vacuous hypocritical nonsense spouted by the current occupant of the White House on December 17.

A good number of these individuals are part of the fervently pro-Castro Cuba Study Group.

In essence, the signatories fall into four categories:

1. Capitalist vultures who want to profit from a lifting of the embargo and Cuban slave labor, but disguise their greed in a smokescreen of hypocritical politicobabble about human rights.

2. Politicians who tilt  to the left in varying degrees and have a soft spot for the Castro dictatorship, and  disguise their real intentions in the same smokescreen as the vultures in the first category.

3. Foreign policy “experts” who have never had to endure the misery of living as a Cuban in Castrogonia, but think highly of the Castro regime and actually claim to know what is best for Cubans.

4. Naive idealists of the sort described by Lenin as “useful idiots.”   Whether or not any of them are hypocrites of the sort listed in categories 1, 2, and 3 is difficult to discern.

Sadly, some of these individuals are prominent Cuban-Americans, mostly in category number one.  Many of these exiles and children of exiles are fabulously wealthy.  Some are billionaires.

Below is a brief portion of the letter, and the entire list of signatures.  Some of the most prominent Cuban-American vultures are highlighted in bold font.

Me eeeencanta este feuco calvo Leji... tremendo bobo
Me eeeencanta esta gente que quieren tanto a mi amigo Obamamita, especialmente los cubiches que slaieron de aqui como gusanos….

Consider this a hall of shame.

If you think you can stomach reading the entire letter, you can find it HERE.

Open Letter to President Obama: SUPPORT FOR A NEW COURSE ON CUBA

Dear Mr. President,

We write to commend you on the historic actions you are taking to update America’s policy toward Cuba and Cuban citizens. Our new posture of engagement will advance our national interests and our values by empowering the Cuban people’s capacity to work toward a more democratic and prosperous country— conditions that are very much in the U.S. interests. Many of the signers of this letter wrote to you last year calling for exactly these types of changes. We appreciate that you not only recognized that the moment had come to act but did so boldly…

….Mr. President, we also call on you to work with Congress to update the legislative framework with regard to Cuba so that it, too, reflects 21st century realities. In the meantime, we look forward to continued progress in improving U.S.-Cuban cooperation on matters of national interest and stand ready to support this new policy of constructive engagement and U.S. outreach to the Cuban people.


John Adams, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired); former Deputy U.S. Military Representative to NATO; former Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, U.S. Army
Gustavo Arnavat, former U.S. ExecutiveDirectorattheInter American Development Bank
Joe Arriola, former Manager, City of Miami, Florida
Ricky Arriola, CEO, Inktel
Bruce Babbitt, former Governor of Arizona; former U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Harriet Babbitt, former U.S .Ambassador to the Organization of American States
Samuel R. Berger, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group, National Security Advisor (1997-2000)
Tomas Bilbao,ExecutiveDirector, Cuba Study Group
Carol Browner, former EPA Administrator; former Director of White House Office of Climate Change and Energy Policy
Paul L. Cejas, former U.S. Ambassador and Chairman, PLC Investments, Inc.
Gustavo Cisneros, Chairman, Cisneros Group of Companies
Jon Cowan, President, ThirdWay
Chet Culver, former Governor of Iowa
Jeffrey Davidow, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere
Howard Dean, former Governor of Vermont
Larry Diamond, Director, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University
Tom Downey, former U.S. Congressman
Anita Dunn, Managing Director, SKD Knickerbocker Communications
Alfonso Fanjul, FanjulGroup
Andres Fanjul, FanjulGroup
Christopher Findlater
Richard Feinberg, former Latin American Advisor to the White House; Professor, University of California, San Diego
Mike Fernandez, Chairman, MBF Healthcare Partners
The Right Reverend Leo Frade, Episcopal Bishop of Southeast Florida
Pedro A. Freyre, Partner, Akerman LLP
Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Joe Garcia, former U.S. Congressman; former Executive Director, Cuban-American National Foundation
Maria Garcia Berry, CEO, CRL Associates, Inc.
Tim Gill, Founder and Chairman, Gill Foundation
Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; former U.S. Congressman
Felice Gorordo, CEO, ClearPath
Lee Hamilton, former U.S. House Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
David Hernandez, Co-Founder and CEO, Liberty Power
Ricardo Herrero, Executive Director, #CubaNow
Vicki Huddleston, former U.S. Ambassador and Chief of the U.S. Interests Section, Havana
Peter J. Johnson, Associate to David Rockefeller
James R. Jones, Chairman, Manatt Jones Global Strategies
Wendy W.Luers, President, The Foundation for a Civil Society
Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty III, Chairman, McLarty Associates
Sascha Meinrath, Founder, Open Technology Institute at New America
Eduardo Mestre, Senior Advisor at Evercore; Board member of Avis Budget and Comcast Corporation
Scott Miller, Board Member,Gill Foundation
Luis Miranda, former White House Director of Hispanic Media; Managing Director, MDC Strategies
Marcelino Miyares, President, MM Communications Inc.
Frank Mora, Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Center, Florida International University
Moisés Naím, Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Michael Parmly, former Chief of the U.S. Interests Section, Havana
Ralph Patino, Civil Trial Attorney; Futuro Fund Board Member
Ted Piccone, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Thomas Pickering, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Bill Reinsch, President, National Foreign Trade Council
Cecile Richards
Bill Richardson, formerU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; former Governor of New Mexico
Bill Ritter, former Governor of Colorado
David Rockefeller, Honorary Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Hilary Rosen, Managing Director, SKDK nicker bocker Communications
Christopher Sabatini, former Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; AdjunctProfessor, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs
Carlos Saladrigas, Chairman of Regis HR Group and Concordia Behavioral Health; Chairman of the Cuba Study Group; member of the board of Duke Energy Corporation and Advance AutoParts, Inc.
Ken Salazar, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior; former U.S. Senator; former Colorado Attorney General
Francisco “Frank” Sanchez, former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce
George P. Shultz, Fellow, Hoover Institution; former U.S. Secretary of State, Treasury and Labor; former Director, Office of Budget & Management; former CEO, Bechtel
Susan Segal, President and CEO ,Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Hilda L. Solis, former U.S. Secretary of Labor; former Congresswoman; member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Enrique Sosa, former President, Dow Chemical North America
Admiral James Stavridis, USN(Ret); Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; SupremeAlliedCommander,NATO(2009-2013); Commander,U.S. Southern Command (2006-2009)
Sarah Stephens, Executive Director, Center for Democracy in the Americas
Alan Stoga, President, Zemi Communications, LLC; Vice Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Ted Strickland,former Governor of Ohio
Strobe Talbott, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
Ted Trimpa, Principal and CEO, Trimpa Group
Raul Valdes-Fauli, Partner, Fox Roth child; former Mayor, City of Coral Gables, Florida
Arturo Valenzuela, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
Melanne Verveer, former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues
Bill Vidal, former Mayor of Denver, Colorado
Alexander Watson, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
James Williams, Director of Public Policy, Trimpa Group; Board Member, Project on Middle East Democracy
TimothyWirth, formerU.S.Senator;Vice-Chair, The UN Foundation

6 thoughts on “Hall of shame: 78 bigwigs — some of them Cuban “exiles”– write love letter to present occupant of the White House, ask for more concessions to Castrogonia”

  1. 18/78, roughly 25%, about twice the number of presumably non-Cuban “Latinos,” including the porcine, I mean portly Bill Richardson and Gustavo Cisneros, who’s done so well by Venezuela. Special shout-out to the charming Howard Dean, and of course to David Rockefeller, both great friends of Cuba. Then there’s Bishop Frade, adding an ecclesiastical touch that Archbishop Wenski somewhat surprisingly managed to avoid giving (I assume the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell was indisposed, if not senile).

    Well, the matter speaks for itself. The Cubanoids have made their disgrace official, but in many if not most cases that was already firmly established. Evidently, the fact that so many Cubans on the island have clearly come out against this “normalization” is being ignored or considered inconsequential, and if those “on the ground” don’t count, then “those people” might as well not even exist. Vamos bien.

    I can’t help thinking of another open letter of support for Castro, Inc., written in 2003, in the wake of the summary execution of three young Cuban men of color for trying to escape from Massah Fidel’s plantation. I have saved the list of those names and almost know it by heart. Everyone on it is abhorrent to me and is virtually certain to remain so. I will also save this new list, which essentially amounts to the same thing, and which evokes a comparable response. Lord, the nausea.

  2. Asombra: Have you a list of the cubanoids who participated in the now infamous “dialogo” of 1978/1979? Same trash different names. History repeats itself once again.

  3. No, Omar, I don’t have that list, but most of those people are probably either dead or out of the game by now. Unfortunately, as has always been the case, Cuba’s worst enemies are Cuban, even if a minority of them perhaps mean well enough and are just too limited or flawed to know better. However, what you’re referring to was 35 years ago, so Cuba has now spent nearly three times as long in totalitarian dystopia as it had then. Therefore, I wouldn’t necessarily call the current crop the same trash; I think they’re significantly worse. The very idea of a Cuban giving Castro, Inc. even the slightest benefit of the doubt at this very late date is simply an abomination.

  4. For anyone interested, here’s that list from 2003:

    Alicia Alonso
    Miguel Barnet
    Leo Brouwer
    Octavio Cortázar
    Abelardo Estorino
    Roberto Fabelo
    Pablo Armando Fernández
    Roberto Fernández Retamar
    Julio García Espinosa
    Fina García Marruz
    Harold Gramatges
    Alfredo Guevara
    Eusebio Leal
    José Loyola
    Carlos Martí
    Nancy Morejón
    Senel Paz
    Amaury Pérez
    Graziella Pogolotti
    César Portillo de la Luz
    Omara Portuondo
    Raquel Revuelta
    Silvio Rodríguez
    Humberto Solás
    Marta Valdés
    Chucho Valdés
    Cintio Vitier

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