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Posted on Oct 24, 2007
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Ever a fan of failed policy, President Bush has reiterated his support of the embargo against Cuba, which, one might recall, was enacted more than four decades ago to force Fidel Castro from power. Bush also praised the patient (and sometimes violent) Cuban dissidents, who, he said, one day “will be the nation’s leaders.”

Obviously the Cuban regime was not very happy about that remark. “It is a confirmation that the current policy of the Bush regime is regime change in Cuba, including through the use of force,” said Cuba’s foreign minister.


“The dissidents of today will be the nation’s leaders,” Mr Bush said.

“And when freedom finally comes, they will surely remember who stood with them.”

He praised countries like the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary for the support they were giving to Cuban dissidents and called on other countries to follow suit.

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By Louise, October 25, 2007 at 8:30 am Link to this comment

#109447 by Douglas Chalmers

“WILLARD “They told me that you had gone totally insane and that your methods were unsound.”

KURTZ “ Are my methods unsound?”

WILLARD “I don’t see any method at all, sir.”


#109413 by cyrena

“So, why does anyone think that the regime will fall?”


It’s not that the regime WILL fall, it’s that they mean to MAKE it fall!

When Bush said, “I want to speak to the people of Cuba now.” My blood ran cold. The same words he used just before he began blowing up the Iraqis! If you watched, right after he said those words, he had a flurry of uncontrollable blinks. A clear sign that the scripted words he was about to utter were a pack of lies!

His concern for the “people” of Cuba is non-existent. His desire to “liberate” the Cuban people is the same desire that drives greed everywhere. There is no motive. There is no concern. There is no sense of conscience. There is only the Oligarchy.

And nobody knows that better than the Cubans!

Are they not free to speak out against anything? Or is that just what we have been told? Having never been to Cuba, I cant say “how bad off” they are, or good for that matter. What I can say is they have seem to have faired quite well in spite of constant and on-going CIA/USA efforts to collapse them.

Maybe a better question is why does the CIA feel the need to meddle in their affairs. [questions that lead to answers, that lead to more questions, that pose new answers, #54766 by Toby] The same question could be asked about any other country in the world. And the really big question, why does the United States of America not only feel the need to meddle in the affairs of every other country in the world, but believe they have the right too?!!

Is that the REAL reason the CIA was created? Not to discover threats, but to create threats. Given CIA connections to the Bush name and by association the names of wealth and power players going back to the CIA’s creation, maybe that IS the real reason! Since Communism became a world force, the Oligarchy has been under threat.

It should be noted, the Oligarchy did not see Fascism as a threat, in fact embraced it and made a good bit of profit along the way. Not until it became politically expedient to turn their backs on Fascism, did they.

Or, did they?

Communism, like any political force that gains absolute power became corrupt. [Look at where we are today!] The communist force that ruled in the last century bore little resemblance to the principles laid out by Karl Marx, in the previous century. Principles that called for an equal share of the wealth. Principles which were the complete antithesis of the Oligarchy. Of course, communism had to be the enemy.

Which brings me back to Douglas Chalmers comment.

KURTZ “ Are my methods unsound?”

WILLARD “I don’t see any method at all, sir.”

The notion that somewhere there is a grand plan, laid out in fine detail, for the “good” to fight the “evil” is absurd. There is no such plan. There is only wealth and power, working diligently day and night to keep and get more, until they have it all. And they never find a shortage of folks who will climb on their coat tails and lick up the crumbs. Just one reason why it is so easy to persuade the masses that what conscience clearly says is wrong, is right.

Such is the history of mankind.

Such is the history of the CIA!

By the way, thanks for the kind words, but I’m not any smarter than you. Probably just older. Sometimes you have to shelve the carefully slanted history books and rely on memory. Like, “Wait a minute, what about the “Sugar” wars?” Which leads to another hunt!

Need to hunt for more connections between the CIA and the Oligarchy!

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By Sharon Ash, October 25, 2007 at 8:04 am Link to this comment
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One of the many problems which Mr. Bush has, is that because he is such a miserable failure as a president, he sounds foolish trying to make an assessment of any leader from any other country, or give advise.  And, what individual or country, would even care what George W. Bush thinks?  It’s more like, anything he thinks is a good idea, a better idea is to do just the opposite.

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By rangertommy, October 25, 2007 at 6:45 am Link to this comment

Is it just me, or does anyone else wonder whether G.W. has ever cracked a history book in his life?

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By Douglas Chalmers, October 25, 2007 at 3:21 am Link to this comment

The Cuban regime - or Heart of Darkness? More like Bush is emulating “mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz” in Apocalypse Now judging by that pic…...

KURTZ They say why…, Willard, why they wanted to terminate my command?

WILLARD “They told me that you had gone totally insane and that your methods were unsound.”
KURTZ ” Are my methods unsound?”
WILLARD “I don’t see any method at all, sir.”
PHOTOJOURNALIST “This is the way the fucking world ends! Look at this fucking shit we’re in, man! Not with a bang, with a whimper….”

KURTZ “And then I realized…like I was shot…Like I was shot with a diamond…a diamond bullet right through my forehead…And I thought:My God…the genius of that. The genius….

You have to have men who are moral…and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordal instincts to kill without feeling…without passion….. without judgement… without judgement. Because it’s judgement that defeats us…

The horror. The horror… Drop the bomb. Exterminate them all…!”

COLONEL KURTZ (on tape) ” I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That’s my
dream. That’s my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor, and surviving…...

We must kill them. We must incinerate them. Pig after pig, cow after cow, village after village, army after army….. Those nabobs. I hate them. How I hate them…”

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By airshow, October 24, 2007 at 10:21 pm Link to this comment
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Typical US policy.  What hypocrits.  What makes Bush believe that anyone in Cuba cares what he says.  I live in Cuba 3 months out of the year and the only concern by Cubans is CIA involvement in elections after Fidel passes on.  Cubans are scared to death of receiving help from the US.  And who would really think that after kicking Cuba in the pants for 40 some years, they will accept your help.  Countries like Spain, France, England, Germany, Canada and Latin American counties have helped and nurtured Cuba for decades.  Americans think they are going to go into Cuba and be welcomed.  Americans post WWll have pretty well screwed up everything they’ve touched.  Please, please, leave Cuba alone.  You hated them for 40 years, just keep your hands off now.

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By cyrena, October 24, 2007 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

#109398 by Louise

Thanks for the repeat Louise. I’d missed it before, and never had the slightest clue about the Walker-Bush connection to Cuba.

I knew about the casino rats, and the fact that the Mob had planned to take it over back in the 50’s, but never a clue to the Walker-Bush thing.

You are so smart.

Meantime, I’m not so sure that the Cuban people are all that miserable with their government. I think most of their misery over the past 4 decades can be directed at the sanctions against them, which obviously has made life more difficult, from a materialistic standpoint.

But, overall…they don’t have hugry and homeless people in their streets. And if a hurricane announces it’s on the way, they spring into action, collecting everybody (and their belongings) and moving them to safety. When the hurricane passes, they move ‘em back home. It’s like an automatic reaction.

So, why does anyone think that the regime will fall? How ‘bad off’ are the Cubans anyway? Maybe it used to seem that way, since they were politically intimidated…(not free to speak out against anything).

But, here WE are, and it’s even worse for us!! Not only do we live under worse tyranny, but we’ve got millions of people living in and roaming the streets, in need of health care, in need of food, in need of jobs, in need of education…I could go on.

I think we’ve got it far worse than the Cubans under Castro.

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By Louise, October 24, 2007 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment

Some things Need repeating!
From ‘truthdig’ last February:

#54766 by Toby on 2/21 at 4:57 pm
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George H. Walker (Jr. and Sr.) Grandfather and Uncle of George Herbert Walker Bush (former president) on Mothers side. Great-Grandfather and Great Uncle of George Walker Bush (president Bush)

The Walkers were heavily invested in Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean, a hotbed of intelligence activity from the 1950’s on.

Walker had longstanding ties to Cuba and served as a director of seven related companies during the mid-and late 1920’s and early 1930’s: the Cuba Company, the Cuban Railroad, Cuban-Dominican Sugar, Barahona Sugar, Cuba Distilling, Sugar Estates of Oriente, and Atlantic Fruit and Sugar. Prominent New York investment bankers did not undertake such commitments lightly; Walker was centrally involved with the island through three major industries: sugar, (rum) distilling, and a major railroad that served these enterprises (and became a symbol of yanqui power.)”

“In the 1930’s and early 1940’, George H.W. Bush’s favorite uncle, Herbie—George Herbert Walker, Jr.—took over directorships of several of these Cuban-Dominican sugar companies, which ultimately merged into West Indies Sugar in 1942.

“Uncle Herbie” Walker was deeply involved with the reorganization of George H.W. Bush’s Zapata Oil—itself heavily involved in the Caribbean. “His uncle would have been angry in 1959, when the new leftist Castro regime announced that it would nationalize the holdings of the U.S. sugar companies. Castro had launched his revolution several years earlier in eastern Cuba’s sugar-and-rum-centered Oriente Province, and some of the American owners of sugar mills and estates had contributed funds in the hope of moderating his movement. Oriente-based West Indies Sugar had been a particular target of rebel levies and depredations.

Coincidentally, 1959 was the year when Uncle Herbie helped to finance the reorganization of Zapata by which the offshore drilling rigs—at least one operating near Cuba—became independent under Walker-Bush control. George H. Walker Jr. must have been even angrier in 1960 when Castro nationalized the West Indies Sugar Company, of which he had been a director until 1959. Infuriated by Castro’ sugar estate seizures, the U.S. government withdrew its recognition of Cuba and launched an economic embargo in January 1961. Three months later came the Bay of Pigs invasion.” mily-intelligence.html

The CIA codename for the Bay of Pigs invasion of April 1961 was “Operation Zapata”.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

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By PatrickHenry, October 24, 2007 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment

He had better pray the mob doesn’t yank him from the White house and put his head on a stake.

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By Andres Pollan, October 24, 2007 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment
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as always Castro dogs are loose in this blog. 48 years of tirany is enough. Cuba will be free and history will not be kind to those who has been accomplices of Castro’s crime against the cuban people. also including CNN more know in Cuba as Castro News Network. as for me CNN is truly the “The Great Prostitute”

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By thomas billis, October 24, 2007 at 5:42 pm Link to this comment
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The “Let Us Pray"foreign policy continues.When Castro or his heirs do eventually fall we will have no sway there at all.I hope God calls President Bush soon on Cuba so we can start an intelligent foreign policy towards Cuba.I am reminded of what one Vietnamese diplomat said recently"all the warfare in Vietnam changed nothing the thing that is changing is the drop of capitalism that the Vietnamese saw.“Cuba do not fear when we are finished bringing democracy to Iraq we will get started on you.

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By tomas, October 24, 2007 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment
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Vietnam Vietnam, we do have relations with Vietnam after so many lives were loss in that country. I really do not understand the logic in not having a relationship with Cuba. But what can you expect from someone that claims God talks to him and the mess he has made of the middle east.  This guys advisers must be very low pay people or just don’t care, his speech was to take care of the dying Floridians batistianos that keep thinking they can go back and turn the clock back to 1959, this president’s ignorance has no limits.

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By don knutsen, October 24, 2007 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment

Looks like they just brought dubya in and placed him down still frozen from his nighty night prayers last night….as soon as there thru cracking jokes about him, cheney will flip on the switch.

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By ShaneB, October 24, 2007 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment
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Just remember one thing. The anti Castrists leading the charge against Cuba today are the former sugar barons and casino fat cats and their heirs. They can’t wait for the Cuban gov’t to fall so they can rush back in with a stable of pricey lawyers to stake their claim on Cuba’s land and resources.

What they want is Batista redux. They don’t care about Cuba’s people or it’s fate as nation, as long as they get their hand in the grab bag first.

Look what’s happened in Russia - it’s become the worlds biggest mafiocracy. Is this really in the interest of the Cuban people?

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