And the Devil-In-Chief held his show on the Cuba issue today.
The usual code words for the Miami gusanos were present: dictatorship, repression, dissidents, economic sanctions, democracy and free elections [made in USA], etc.
He has become totally irrelevant and some might say powerless, in the scenario used to mount his show: the U.S. dollar is crashing, corruption is rampant at the highest levels in Washington, D.C., his popularity is in the low thirties and has to rely on Blackwater mercenaries in the Iraq fiasco. To sum it up: he has bankrupted our country both financially and morally.
Displaying the typical symptoms of an obsessive-compulsive personality he rants about the Castro brothers, because that is about all he can do in his moment of irrelevancy. What does he propose to do, invade Cuba with a new legion of Blackwater thugs? The army, according to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, is stretched to the breaking point because of the the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Here are three reports about his show.
The New York Times:
“The doomsday scenarios predicted for Cuba once Fidel left power - a violent uprising by dissidents and a huge exodus of refugees - never materialized.”
“Phil Peters, an expert on Cuba at the non-partisan Lexington Institute, said he saw Mr Bush's speech as an attempt to reorient a policy that had fallen behind the times. American policy, he said, had been centered on the idea that the communist government would fall once Dr Castro, 81, left power and that he would be forced out only by death.”
“Raul Castro's rise had caught the Administration off guard. Raul has consolidated his control over Cuban institutions by establishing his own relationships with world leaders and opening unprecedented dialogue with Cubans about their visions for their own country.”
"The Administration realized they had missed the boat," Mr Peters said. "Succession has already happened."
In an address that was broadcast to Cuba, Bush urged Cubans to continue pressing for more freedom and called on Cuba's armed forces and police to not cooperate with any attempt to suppress that movement.
``Calls for fundamental changes are growing across the island,'' Bush said today at the State Department in Washington. People there ``hear the dying gasps of a failed regime.''
The president urged Congress to show support for Cuba ``by maintaining our embargo on the dictatorship until it changes.'' Fidel Castro uses the embargo ``as a scapegoat for Cuba's miseries,'' he said.
Castro, the 81-year-old Cuban president, is recuperating from surgery. His health has been a subject of speculation since he handed over daily tasks to his brother Raul in July 2006.
Life in Cuba ``will not improve by exchanging one dictator for another,'' Bush said. ``It will not improve if we seek accommodation with a new tyranny in the interest of stability.''
USA Engage, a coalition of businesses, agricultural groups and trade associations opposed to U.S. sanctions on Cuba, called Bush's Cuba speech ``baffling.''
``Today's stale approach fails to acknowledge that American citizens are the greatest ambassadors of democracy, freedom and hope to the Cuban people,'' USA Engage Director Jake Colvin said in a statement after Bush's speech. ``Our policies make such contact virtually impossible, and threaten to make the United States irrelevant on the island.''
International Herald Tribune:
Cuba specialists said the president's warning seemed oddly timed and his analysis outdated, part of a policy that is meant to isolate Cuba but that increasingly leaves the United States as the international odd man out.
While administration officials said Bush's speech was aimed at the Cuban people, and would be heard by radio there, it appeared equally directed at the Cuban-Americans who form a powerful Republican voting bloc in Florida, and more broadly at U.S. conservatives, for whom fervent opposition to Fidel Castro has long been an article of faith.
Analysts said, however, that Raúl Castro has established his hold on power and has taken moves to open the Cuban economy and at least listen to public concerns. With the political transition under way in Havana, and other countries exploring new relations with the island, U.S. policy looks anachronistic, they said.
"Our policy really is one of utter sterility," said Wayne Smith, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a onetime chief of mission at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. "We warn the Cubans not to go for transition - but it has already happened, and short of some kind of massive military action, which we're in no position to take, there's nothing that we can do."
Smith said that most Americans, and increasingly even Cuban-Americans, favor normalization with Havana.
"Business organizations want to lift the embargo and begin to trade, agricultural interests want to take steps to increase exports to Cuba," Smith said. "No one except for this ever-diminishing little knot of exiles down in Miami - no one favors our policy to Cuba, which doesn't make any sense at all."
JG: What a sorry spectacle! While Southern California burns, he fiddles in Washington, D.C.
The Laugh Track: White House Press Release