Thursday, December 23, 2010

Condoleezza Rice in 2008: Real change needed in Cuba

From a U.S. embassy cable written after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Spanish Ambassador Jorge Dezcallar on Sept. 16, 2008:
The Secretary stated she remains unconvinced of the sincerity of minor post-Fidel changes in Cuba. She emphasized the need to make real change, as opposed to cosmetic ones. For example, Cubans should have access to cell phones and the Internet. The Ambassador countered that GoS doesn't think that changes in Cuba since Raul's ascent to power have been cosmetic. He denied that Raul is another Fidel, but warned against being too heavy-handed and "scaring him off, or he will be even more difficult."


Brrr said...

I wonder if Condie had even been to Cuba when she made those comments. Both internet and cell phones are available to regular Cubans. I saw both in widespread use when I was there last winter. Internet was less common, but cell phones were everywhere. The issue is not if people are allowed them, it's if they can afford them. It's not political oppression by the Castros that is keeping such things out of Cuban's hands as much as it is economic oppression from the United States.

alongthemalecon said...

Thanks for your comment. Cell phone calls are really expensive in Cuba, aren't they?, especially if you consider the low wages.