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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