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 …

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 …

Colombia Fights Terror, Her Neighbors Aid and Abet It

Imagine for a moment that a well organized group of American citizens decide to secede from the Union.  These separatists, frustrated the lack of progress in their quixotic effort abandon legal and political processes and resort to illegal measures such as terrorism.  Since an overwhelming majority of Americans are turned off by these people, the group has …

Approve Colombia FTA, Designate Venezuela a Terror Sanctuary

The Associated Press reports that Venezuela leader Hugo Chavez yesterday “urged Venezuela’s allies to form an “anti-imperialist” military alliance to defend Latin America from possible attacks by the United States … warning that Washington poses a threat to regional security, Chavez called on Nicaragua, Bolivia and communist-led Cuba to “put together a common defense strategy and …

Former Senior CIA Official: Cuba’s Transition Has Begun

The National Intelligence Officer (“NIO”) for Latin America from 1990-1994, Dr. Brian Latell, published an op-ed in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal that does a good job summarizing key recent events regarding the inevitable change in leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba.  His analysis builds upon some of the arguments advanced in his book, After …

In the news …

No Oscar for Hugo Chavez/Castro as their FARC hostage public relations side show ends for now, with a dud.  My prior posts on this subject can be found here. During the weekend Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to expel our Ambassador and ban trade in U.S. dollars if newly imposed sanctions were not removed by the Bush …