posted on Jun, 25 2004 @ 01:36 PM
Will Bush force a regime change in Cuba? Looks like he will.
Published on Thursday, June 24, 2004 by CommonDreams.org
Countdown to Cuba Transition: Bush and Castro Face Off
by Laura Carlsen
The recent exchange of threats between the Cuban and U.S. governments may seem like more of the same stand-off rhetoric that has characterized
relations between the two since the Cuban revolution 45 years ago. But as a Cuban political transition approaches and aggressive new U.S. policies
call for regime change and tighter economic sanctions, a dangerous confrontation may be brewing. This month restrictions to tighten the U.S. embargo
against Cuba go into effect. The measures will cost U.S. taxpayers some $59 million dollars -- and that’s just for starters.
The new policies are the result of a 500-page report from the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba. The Commission was charged with developing
plans “to bring an end to the regime of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and to prepare to assist a post-Castro Cuba,” in the words of Assistant Secretary
of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roger Noriega.
The commission recommendations include increased support for Cuban dissidents, further restrictions on travel and remittances to the island,
stepped-up propaganda efforts and measures to exert more international pressure on the island.