University of Miami Think Tank: Cuban Military Advisors in Syria

UPDATE: As of about 1300, 14OCT15 Fox News ran with a story on this matter. UPDATE: As of 0530, 15OCT15 The Washington Times ran with another story on this matter, more sources, but the Syrians say, nyet! Cuba in Syria? Plausible, given the history. In an e-mail alert yesterday from the University of Miami Institute for Cuba and …

Cuba’s Next Pipe Dream: Oil Drilling Off Florida’s Coast

At a briefing at the White House yesterday with close to 80 Cuban-American Democrat Party donors and activists, senior administration officials supposedly briefed the group about the week in US-Cuba policy as well as what may lay ahead. Among the briefers were Valerie Jarrett, National Security Council staff, as well as State Department officials. From what I can …

Cuba is a Terror State, Notwithstanding Presidential Decrees, and Congressional Acquiescence, to the Contrary

The Miami Herald reports this morning that Cuba’s removal from the state sponsors of terror list may prove more symbolic than business friendly. Some of the experts cited in the story have a somewhat myopic way of viewing the impact of delisting and, at a certain level, are completing distorting or misunderstanding current U.S. law and …

Americans Murdered By Terrorists, Do Not Matter

Americans murdered by a terrorist state, do not matter. The families of Americans seeking justice for murders by terror state, again, do not matter.That is the message that President Obama and his national security team telegraphed to the world yesterday when it recommended removing Cuba from its well-earned place on the state sponsors of terror …

Whitewashing & Policy Laundering Cuban Terrorism

(Update, 21 Feb): After I posted this item yesterday morning, later in the day a colleague in town advised me that the Obama Administration named Bernie Aronson — a former government official who currently heads a private equity investment firm — as U.S. envoy to the Colombia-FARC “peace talks.” Of course, I knew absolutely nothing about this appointment …

Argentine Prosecutor’s Death May Warrant U.S. Economic Sanctions, More

Terrorism in Latin America. Que? Yes, it’s there. It is exists and it is fueled by the likes of Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and many others in the Americas and the Middle East. Yet media pays little, if any, attention to it. Equally bizarre is the curious ambivalence that reeks from pockets of the U.S. foreign policy establishment. If …

Unconditional Release of Alan Gross by Cuba Long Over Due

The New York Times editorial board made what must be one of the most outrageous recommendations on U.S.-Cuba policy that I’ve read in some time: swapping Cuban spies held in U.S. federal prison for Alan Gross, an American being held hostage by the regime on trumped up charges. You can read the New York Times editorial, here. If …