Around the Hemisphere …

The Bolivarian Axis makes a move in Honduras to institutionalize leftist rule.  This is how it was done in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Nicaragua.  They will trample rule of law, minority rights, and slowly take control of the country.   A blogger claiming to be the son of an Honduran Senator states that during a Congressional special session yesterday,  “all the senators and other public officials were in the building, the doors were locked, cell phones and computers were taken away and a coup started.”

Hugo loves Mahmoud.  Meanwhile the “People’s Weekly,” celebrates restoration of U.S.-Venezuela diplomatic relations.

The Moskitia people are making news again in Nicaragua.  This is not the first time that Nicaragua’s elected socialist ruler Daniel Ortega has had to deal with these matters.   During the Cold War, the Sandinista dictatorship suppressed the Miskito indians and, in the process, committed scores of human right abuses against these people.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser became the new SOUTHCOM head yesterday – the first airman to lead the command.  Gen. Fraser warns of state sponsor of terrorism Iran’s growing influence in the Western Hemisphere.

As Chile explores the nuclear energy option, the anti-nuclear energy crowd in the region seeks to reorganize.

The Bolivarian Axis welcomed new member states: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as well as Antigua and Barbuda.  One wonders if U.S. foreign assistance to these Caribbean countries is under review for possible suspension?  Doubtful.

It was only a matter of time.  Just a few months in to an Obama Administration and former high-ranking U.S. government officials are calling for the removal of Cuba from the state sponsors of terrorism list.   Barry McCaffrey also recommends repeal of U.S. sanctions, the repeal of Helms-Burton and all travel restrictions, the return of Guantanamo to Cuba, and more.  This laundry list sounds like the very list of demands made by the Cuban Communist Party of the U.S. for decades.

This accomodation approach with Cuba is nonsensical.  It puts American interests subservient to Cuban interests.  The only reasonable solution for the Cuba paradox is regime change.  Anything less than regime change, as laid out in U.S. law, will surely lead to the very long-term political and economic instability that the U.S. seeks to avoid.  Bitter medicine in the short-run will lead to a more stable, pro-freedom Americas in the long-run.

While on the subject of state sponsor of terrorism Cuba,  consider this 17 Mar 09 report from Cubapolidata or Chris Simmon’s latest article on Cuban spies in the United States.  The Cuban regime has nothing but political headaches to offer the United States at this time.  There is no strategic value engaging Cuba at this time.  The onus is on the Cuban regime to change, not the United States.  U.S. laws clearly state the U.S. position, until then, we should let the opposition do its thing.

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