The Campaign against US-Cuba Relations

Havana mural. Photo: Harlan Crowder

HAVANA TIMES — A group of businessmen, intellectuals, politicians and Cuban dissidents published Thursday a full-page open letter/advertisement in The Washington Post against any rapprochement between the US and Cuba, reported dpa.

The 58 signatories ask the United States Congress, with a Republican majority, to oppose the “unilateral concessions” that the Obama administration has offered the island. The open letter was run as a paid advertisement titled “The New Cuba Policy: Breakthrough or Bailout?”.

The letter was drafted by the Center for a Free Cuba ( and criticizes, among other things, removing Cuba from the list of terrorist states because “it will reward the Castro regime for trying to smuggle 240 tons of heavy weapons to North Korea; training and equipping of the repressive forces of Venezuela; offering Putin’s Russia a listening post in Cuba and sheltering dozens of fugitive terrorists and criminals, including Assata Shakur, on the list of ten most wanted terrorists by the FBI. ”

The hardliners also oppose lifting the trade embargo on the island as well as increasing US travelers to Cuba.

Among the signatories are several former assistant secretaries of state for Latin America, as Elliot Abrams, Otto Reich and Roger Noriega and former ambassadors in Latin America and Cuba.

Also signing the document are Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, of Cuban origin, and opposition figures Antonio Rodiles and Jorge Luis Garcia Perez Antunez.

“We urge Congress to oppose unilateral concessions to rescue the failed and oppressive Castro regime,” the letter concludes.

The US and Cuba announced on December 17, 2014, they would resume diplomatic ties after more than half a century of conflict. The news has divided the Cuban exile community in Miami.

On Wednesday, Assistant US Secretary of State for Latin America, Roberta Jacobson, met with several exile groups opposed to the administration’s approach to explain the new policy, but several people declined to attend.

Last month, another group of influential personalities from politics and the US economy sent a letter to President Barack Obama in the opposite direction: to encourage him to work with Congress to change and update legislation regarding Cuba.

20 thoughts on “The Campaign against US-Cuba Relations

  • February 17, 2015 at 10:55 am

    A system based on simple “majority rules” amounts to the tyranny of the mob. True democracy can only exist in a republic, in which every human being has fundamental rights and freedoms which cannot be violated by the majority. These rights and freedoms are defined and protected by a constitution, which is the fundamental law of the land.

  • February 16, 2015 at 10:29 am

    You did not provide that instance.
    My comments are factual to the point that you must evade answering my questions to avoid embarrassing yourself publicly .
    It is instructive that you refer to my criticisms of totalitarian thinking on your part as “silly griping” .all the while being careful to omit your thinking on free-enterprise capitalism, religion and the oligarchic government you espouse ; all of which are totalitarian and all of which you follow and support.
    You are a waste of my time and the Earth’s oxygen.

  • February 16, 2015 at 10:22 am

    The 54 year-old U.S. embargo was specifically aimed at the entire population of Cuba.
    Under Secretary of State Lester Mallory said it would take the massive deprivation caused by a general embargo to cause the Cuban people to rise up and overthrow the revolution.
    At the same time ,those who put the embargo in place KNEW that the elite and people like the Castro brothers would not suffer as would the general population and if they did not know this they would certainly claim that the murderous Castros would eat while the people starved.
    So, again, you’re talking nonsense.

  • February 16, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I talk to my Cuban family at least once a week. They know the difference.

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