We Are Wasting Time on Cuba, Indict Fidel Castro and More

Cuba’s main trading and investment partners see political chum in Potomac and are wasting no time taking advantage of it. The European Union led by Spain, and the sometimes reliable Mexico, have launched yet another attempt to try and force the U.S. to ease sanctions on Cuba right before the 2008 elections. Why? Your guess …

Strong Nation-States Needed for A Robust Inter-American System

If Mexico allowed al-Qaeda to build camps on the Mexico-side of the U.S.-Mexico border, would Mexico really expect the U.S. to sit idly by and do nothing?  Why should Colombia act any differently when dealing with the FARC? An unreasonable reliance on multilateralism to advance the national interest is a vice. And, like any vice, …

U.S./Cuba Policy: Put U.S. Interests First

The announcement earlier this week that the U.S. would allow cell phones, pre-paid cell phone accounts, and possibly other related items to be shipped to Cuba, is not extraordinary or innovative. It reminded me of that old, yet well-known cell phone commercial of the fellow walking to odd locations with his cell phone to test …

U.S. Policy toward Colombia Vindicated, Again

While you will not get the sense from the reporting in the media that it is so, U.S. taxpayers’ return on investments in Colombia, in the form of years of foreign assistance programs, is finally yielding some tangible results. Yet, rather than boosting support for one our staunches allies in the Western Hemisphere by approving …

At Guantanamo, Cuba, Freedom Reigns

Since 2002 liberal political elites have complained, sometimes wailed, about how enemy combatants, suspected terrorists, are being treated by our military at our base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GiTMO). The mainstream media exaggerates the isolated mistakes, while discounting any of the good. Legions of lawyers in Washington, DC, most well-intentioned and doing a good job, …

Cuba Communist Party Tokenism Reinforces that Our Policy Works

“In the ambit of global affairs, through word and deed, the Government of Cuba demonstrates its political immaturity. Its economic planners, neophytes. On immigration policy, they are political Neanderthals who use its people as weapons like Hamas and Hezbollah use suicide bombers. At least the latter have a choice…” Cuban Communist Party elites have recently …

Venezuela, To List or Not to List

Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria are close allies of Venezuela – all state sponsors of terrorism.  Venezuela will feel right at home.  To list or not to list, that has become the question.  The Bush Administration is reportedly considering whether or not to list Venezuela as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.   The review may …