The American government fantasizes:
The U.S. should have assistance in Cuba within weeks of President Fidel Castro's
death to support a transitional government and help move the country toward
democracy, a government report recommends.
"The U.S. government will need to be prepared well in advance to help
in the event assistance is requested by the Cuban transition government,"
the report says.
Oh yeah, that'll happen. Dream on, imperialists.
Among other things, the U.S. doesn't seem to understand (or want to recognize)
that Cuba has an actual government, with elected leaders, laws, and so on. The
U.S. media (and government) have been referring to the actions of "Castro"
for so long (just as they refer to the actions of "Saddam," "Ahmadinejad,"
"Chavez", and so on) that they have deluded themselves into thinking
that Fidel Castro is the Cuban government. As brilliant a leader and as influential
as he is, he isn't.
There's lots more that's funny (and despicable) in the CNN article. Start with
Earlier this month, the Cuban government cut off electricity to the U.S.
interests section in Havana, the capital.
The Cuban government stated
very clearly, with documentation, that the cutoff was part of a general
failure of a particular transformer which affected an entire section of Havana,
and had nothing to do with "cutting off electricity to the U.S. interests
section." Now perhaps CNN thinks it's still a debatable question (though
based on what, I don't know). Surely in that case, they still need to acknowledge
the Cuban position, don't they? Only in a world of "fair and balanced"
Then we get this, about the actual U.S. plan:
Lending a hand with health care and clean water would be good starts, the
Is this a joke? Other than the availability of medicine, which is a product
of the U.S. blockade (which they could stop at any time), health care in Cuba
is by many measures better than that in the U.S., and one of the reasons is
Cuba's attention to public health issues, exemplified by such things as clean
water. Perhaps they pulled this section from the report on Iraq by mistake.
And speaking of mistaking Cuba for Iraq, how funny is this:
That would include legal experts to help with elections. Training judges
and police would be essential, according to the report.
Cuba has a perfectly functioning electoral system, not to mention a legal
system and police as well. Some, of course, will want to talk about a two- (or
multi-) party system. But that's a separate question entirely from the electoral
system itself, which already not only allows, but requires (unlike the U.S.)
multiple candidates for each office. The lack of actual knowledge about Cuba
in this report is truly mind-boggling.
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