July 30, 2005


New post to help Castro 'demise' (BBC, 7/29/05)

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has announced the creation of a new post to help "accelerate the demise" of the Castro regime in Cuba.

Caleb McCarry, a veteran Republican Party activist, was appointed as the Cuba transition co-ordinator.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 30, 2005 8:59 AM

Is this a real qoute? It seems hard to believe that they would be so open about this. Perhaps it is being done to shore up the Cuban vote before 2006 or to give the Dems another reason to go insane.

Posted by: AWW at July 30, 2005 10:04 AM

This will give hope to the dissidents in Cuba and encourage the Miami diaspora.

It is part and parcel of US strategic policy of "biological diplomacy" with Cuba. (Fidel turns 79 on Aug 13.)

Posted by: Gideon at July 30, 2005 10:45 AM

Two words: poisoned cigars.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at July 30, 2005 11:23 AM

The bombing begins in five minutes.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at July 30, 2005 11:32 AM

"we gotta whack the beard"

Posted by: cjm at July 30, 2005 12:01 PM

Send him a picture of Sadaam Hussein in jail every day.

Posted by: Lan Nguyen at July 30, 2005 12:11 PM

Solving the Castro problem has always been extremely easy, it just requires having the guts to take on K Street, which no President has never been able to muster.

The President announces to the world the following:

You can trade with Cuba or you can trade with the US. If you purchase any goods from Cuba or sell them any goods, your nation, and all individuals or entities from your nation, is not permitted to buy or sell any goods to the US. If citizens of your nation travel to Cuba, then American citizens will not be permitted to visit your nation and your citizens will not be permitted to travel to the US.

One of the generals would put a bullet in Castro's head in about a week.

Posted by: bart at July 30, 2005 12:15 PM

Does anyone want to clue me in on why Castro is still considered a threat? Seriously, this is a big joke, right?
The Cold War ended, the man has no intention or capability to attack the US, his people seem to like a few of the things he does and hate some other things, but really that's none of our business. None of this is. Lift the goddamn sanctions and, um, 'let the free market triumph.'

Posted by: nts at July 30, 2005 1:44 PM


And subject the Cuban people to globalization?

Posted by: Brian (MN) at July 30, 2005 2:24 PM

He was never a threat to us.

Posted by: oj at July 30, 2005 2:43 PM

What about that Cubano health care?

Posted by: ratbert at July 30, 2005 3:41 PM

Just pay off the floor waxers at the halls where he speaks.

Posted by: Al Cornpone at July 30, 2005 4:24 PM


You mean where they still have lobotomies and they kill people with AIDS?


Castro was a threat to us during the Cold War where despite Democratic Party and Roman Catholic propaganda, he continued to have nuclear missiles pointed at the US. He also was the primary local sponsor of terrorist groups like the Sandinistas, the FARC, Sendero Luminoso, Tupac Amaru inter alia. Today, Cuba is a staging area for Muslim terrorists and for others dedicated to destroying the US.

There is nothing in this world that would make me happier than seeing his head on a spike.

Posted by: bart at July 30, 2005 7:28 PM

A couple Soviet made warheads that would have gone off in their hands and given us a pretext even JFK couldn't craven his way out of.

Posted by: oj at July 30, 2005 7:31 PM

I have to partially concur with nts; we dignify Castro far too much by even noticing his existence. Drop the sanctions and answer any questions about Cuba or Castro with "where?" "who?"

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at July 30, 2005 8:18 PM