White House Diary, by Jimmy Carter. First Edition Hardcover, signed by President Carter at San Francisco, California, on October 26, 2010, at Book Passage.
A Christmas gift from my eldest son who commented about the former Democratic President: “He was very nice.”
February 18, 1980:
“Our emissaries to Cuba reported startling frankness in an eleven-hour discussion with Castro. He described his problems with the Soviet Union, his loss of leadership position in NAM [nonaligned movement] because of his subservience to the Soviets, his desire to pull out of Ethiopia now and Angola later; his involvement in the revolutionary movements in Central America but his aversion to sending weapons or military capabilities to the area; and so forth. He's deeply hurt by our embargo and wants better relations with us, but can't abandon the Soviets, who have supported his revolution unequivocally.”
Throughout my term in office (and now), I thought it advisable to have normal diplomatic relations with Cuba, stop the embargo, and terminate all travel and trade restrictions. We made some progress with free travel, the release by Castro of hundreds of political prisoners, and the opening of “interest section” (not embassies) in Havana and Washington. Castro's injection of Cuban troops into African trouble spots, promotion of revolution in the hemisphere, and dumping of criminals and other undesirables into Florida made it difficult to make additional progress.
POTUS = President of the United States