Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Zone of Reality: Castro Notes

This appeared on March 1, 2009.

Castro's New Republican Friends
By Humberto Fontova

Castro's propaganda ministry is not notorious for fawning over Republicans. But lately they've been gushing over the Ranking Republican member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Senator Richard Lugar. "Changing Cuba Policy-Staff Trip Report to the Committee on Foreign Relations United States Senate," is the title of the report Senator Lugar released on Tuesday February 24rd to delirious and unanimous acclaim from the mainstream media. This acclaim-- to the surprise of no Cuba-watchers--was quickly echoed in Havana. "After 47 years," starts this report, "the unilateral embargo on Cuba..." Let's stop right here. Webster's defines "embargo" as "a government order imposing a trade barrier." As a verb it's defined as "to prevent commerce."…."(the embargo) has failed to achieve its stated purpose of bringing democracy to the Cuban people."

Who said that was "it's stated purpose," Senator Lugar? You have a large staff, Senator. Have them look up the speech Secretary of State Dean Rusk gave to the Organization of American States at Punta del Este Uruguay on January, 21, 1962….There is not a single word-or even an inference-that this was the embargo's stated goal. Indeed, Secretary Rusk, went out of his way to stress that this was NOT the embargo's goal. "The United States objects to Cuba's activities and policies in the international arena not its internal system or arrangements." Get your crackerjack staff to look it up, Senator Lugar.

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