|December 17, 2014: A historic blunder on Cuba policy|
On December 17, 2014 President Obama with his Cuba policy announcement continued down a path his administration followed in 2009 that had already started in the Carter administration and restarted in the Clinton administrations that has only served to legitimize and empower the longest totalitarian dictatorship in the Americas. The Castro regime has perceived itself on each of these occasions free to deal with obstacles to its rule without having to fear outside consequences and both Cubans and U.S. policy interests have suffered as a result.
Oswaldo Payá during a national dialogue, his movement organized, with 12,000 Cubans inside and outside of Cuba participating in a process that began in 2003 and ended in 2006 with the document “Program for all Cubans”, described a transition that would go from the present totalitarian laws to the rule of law in an emerging democratic order without descending into chaos. Oswaldo was murdered, along with his movement’s youth leader, Harold Cepero, on July 22, 2012 by the Castro regime’s state security services. They aren’t the only opposition leaders murdered by the regime since 2009.
This is due to the realization acquired during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis that Fidel Castro preferred a nuclear first strike on the United States than lose power. The Cuban dictator asked for Nuclear Armageddon during the October 1962 Missile Crisis in a letter to Nikita Khrushchev and actively sought to provoke it. This caused his Soviet allies to rethink basing any nuclear missiles in Cuba. In the early 1980s Castro again pressed the Soviets hard for a nuclear strike against the United States. Andrian A. Danilevich, a Soviet general staff officer made Fidel Castro’s second request public knowledge in 2009 in The New York Times.
The Castro regime also has one of the top three intelligence services on the planet, trained by the East German Stasi, along with a half century record of sponsoring and engaging in terrorism and guerrilla warfare on different continents. In 2013 the Castro regime was caught smuggling weapons to North Korea that included ballistic missile technology, rockets, MiG fighter jets, and much more hidden under bags of sugar. Underestimating Castro has led to many a fool’s errand and not only for the United States, just ask the Venezuelan opposition for another contemporary example.
The idea, circulated since the late 1990s, that the Castro dictatorship is not a military threat to the United States was planted in a threat assessment authored by one of Fidel Castro’s spies who had infiltrated the Defense Intelligence Agency. She was only captured in September 2001 after first being detected because of some unusual behavior during the immediate aftermath of February 24, 1996 Brothers to the Rescue shoot down. Her name is Ana Belen Montes, a graduate of John Hopkins and the University of Virginia, and she is currently serving a 25 year prison sentence for espionage.