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Bush Seeking Ideas For Regime Change In Cuba

President George W. Bush is asking top aides to produce recommendations for achieving a transition to democracy in Cuba after 44 years of communist rule, administration officials said.

A small group of advisers, including Secretary of State Colin Powell, is being asked to provide advice on hastening what the Bush administration calls the "inevitable democratic transition in Cuba."
Bush Seeking Ideas For Regime Change In Cuba
AP 2003/10/10

President George W. Bush is asking top aides to produce recommendations for achieving a transition to democracy in Cuba after 44 years of communist rule, administration officials said.

A small group of advisers, including Secretary of State Colin Powell, is being asked to provide advice on hastening what the Bush administration calls the "inevitable democratic transition in Cuba."

Bush planned to spell out his ideas in a White House ceremony Friday morning, administration officials said Thursday night.

"The president will talk about ways in which we can keep up the pressure on the Castro regime," said one official, asking not to be identified.

Scores of Bush supporters from Congress, the Miami community of Cuban exiles and other anti-Castro groups were to be briefed in advance of the official announcement.

The administration has been signaling for weeks that new steps concerning Cuba were being planned.

The move could help Bush win the support of Miami's Cuba-American community, which could be crucial when Bush seeks re-election next year.

Some of Cuban President Fidel Castro's most ardent opponents have criticized the Bush administration for not doing more to bring about democratic change in Cuba.

Bush's relations with his backers in Miami hit a low point in July when Washington returned 15 migrants to Cuba after receiving assurances they would not be executed for hijacking a government-owned boat that was intercepted at sea by the Coast Guard.

The president's brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, took issue with the decision, saying it wasn't right to send the Cubans back to Castro's regime.

Powell has been trying to enlist other nations in efforts to bring democracy to a country that has not had a free election since Castro assumed power in 1959.

In a June speech in Chile to Organization of American States foreign ministers, Powell asked his colleagues to join the United States in promoting a peaceful transition to democracy in Cuba.

Castro has scoffed at the notion that Cuba needs a transition, contending that the island had one 44 years ago.

The head of Cuba's diplomatic mission here, Dagoberto Rodriguez, said Thursday that Bush should "stop acting like a lawless cowboy" and "start listening to the voices of the nations of the world."

Speaking at a news conference, Rodriguez noted that each fall, for 12 years, the U.N. General Assembly has urged the United States to lift its trade embargo against Cuba. He said the General Assembly is expected to approve a similar measure next month.

Bush has said he will veto any measure approved by the Congress that calls for an easing of the embargo, which has been in effect for more than four decades.

Rodriguez also demanded that the administration "stop lying" about Cuba "just to please a small minority of extremists," a reference to the Cuban-American community in South Florida.

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Bush wanting some ideas?, is he...try these... 31.Dec.2003 18:47

tried 'em once before

#1 idea>>>have the CIA make up an exploding cigar and have it given to Castro.

oops! not such a good idea afterall...they tried already 40 some year ago, and it turned
into a farce and serious "blow back" for them and America (wonder if that wasn't in
Castro's mind when he let loose his prison gates in late 1970's and gave 'em 1-way
boat-lift to Florida...also opening up his mental hospitals and sending 'em to America
for treatment?....so, let's forget that idea...do some re-thinking here!

#2 idea>>>have the CIA make up a special SCUBA Tank that can be given to Castro as gift
and when he uses it', then hidden special chamber inside releases a poison gas
and he then will never come up alive again.

oops! not such a good idea afterall...when they tried this last time, it ended in flop!
besides, Fidel Castro is probably a bit too old to be SCUBA diving now days?

Well, that's all the ideas I can come up with, George!

Oh! One more idea>>>>why bother bringing them "democracy" as look what such has done
to Iraq...people killing each other, American soldier's, relief workers/volunteers, and soldier's
from other countries. They don't seem to need it. They have better health care for ALL their
people than we do, their people are more fit, happier, and less addicted to consumer goods.
Now, why would they want American-styled "democracy"...or, is it more the fact that our dear
money-mongering friend's at McKorpAmerika want it more than the Cubans? Don't complicate
life for yourselve, them, and USa by trying it now...get it "successfully" established in Iraq first,
and then, you can call for "ideas"! Make sense? Damn sure does to USa out here!

Unbelievable 31.Dec.2003 22:25

Major W WhittingtonMaj@hotmail.com

Amazing!

This article is from October? Where did you find it?

We must start sounding alarm bells for Cuba! I wrote a very long comment under another posting about Cuba that details the imminent danger that country is in from the Bush admin. If Iraq is any example, then Cuba is in for alot of danger. The US forced crippling economic sanctions on Iraq for a decade leading up to the war, not to mention many bombing raids. That softened it up nicely for the spring offensive, and for Cuba, with 40 years of crippling economic sanctions, it does not look good!

It would be a world tragedy and a devastation, not to mention horrible, if McWorld invaded Cuba.

Put pressure on your local representative or senator to let them know what an immense tragedy this would be. Bush can't claim it's a national security issue, so it's hands off Cuba. The only justification for a socio-corporate attack on Cuba is......that it's a socio-corporate attack. That's what is usually called "bringing democracy" to a country.

Maj W ask's "where" I found this one... 01.Jan.2004 15:17

from old file left-over from October is where

back in October I had so much in-coming to my e-mailbox, that I just couldn't read it all, so I zipped it
up into a "save file" that I unfortunately forgot about till now--at end of year file clean out, and as I don't
throw anything away without at least glancing at it, thought this one was good to be reposted in light
of WHAT some old Floridian friends were telling me in recent telephone conversation about increase
in chatter down there in this FREE-Cuba bullshit, as we know our mainstream media whores aren't
going to keep the rest of USa truly informed as we should be...so, I simply reposted it here! Hope it
adds to our evolving "thinking" and on-going discussions in the search for TRUTH!