Written by Nicanor León Cotayo
The plot includes a letter that five former diplomats sent to President-elect Donald Trump urging him to reverse Obama’s policy toward Cuba.
El Nuevo Herald journalists, Nora Gámez Torres and Patricia Mazzei, wrote in Miami last Wednesday that their aim is to bring down measures geared at “softening the embargo”.
The text –typical of the extremist language– also asks Trump to hinder further collaboration “with Cuban security forces”.
Since then, the signatories show an interesting concern: that business interests hamper their ultra-right aims against Havana.
One can see this when they request Trump to in his first one hundred days of government, cancel as soon as possible the executive orders that lifted restrictions “to do business with the Castro regime”.
The letter was signed by Everett Ellis Briggs, former ambassador to Panama and Honduras, as well as special assistant to George W. Bush at the National Security Council (NSC).
Also signed were Elliot Abrams and Otto Reich, former Undersecretaries of State for Latin America, as well as Jose S. Sorzano, former ambassador to the United Nations.
Maybe one of the most noteworthy signatures was that of the pretty controversial former head of US diplomatic mission in Havana and current mayor of Coral Gables, James C. Cason.
“We want you to take a fresh look at politics toward Cuba”, stated the latter referring to Trump.
And then added “We have given too much, now the president-elect should step back and reconsider it”.
Although he immediately cleared up: “Not to break relations completely, but certainly to give nothing else”.
By the way, Cason’s statement reinforces criteria on apparent friction between rightwing hardliners and business sectors.
“We still have to wait and see whether principles win over profits”, he ascertained.
He went on to say: “So many enterprises are talking about what is profitable for them that is why we expect there could be an argument”.
Herald journalists recalled that Trump has promised to put an end to the meltdown in bilateral relations if “Castro’s government does not offer concessions”.
On this regard, analysts on the Cuban issue have remarked that, Havana is not precisely which established an economic blockade on United States, nor has it invaded its territory or launched subversive programs against its authorities, set up radio and TV stations to defame its reality or built a military base on US soil.
What are those mistrusts from the far right?
According to experts on the subject, they are frightened by eventual recoil from Trump that will reverse the progress achieved with Cuban “exiles” who voted for him in Florida.
The letter by Washington’s former diplomats also criticised the performance of U.S. at UN, where its ambassador, Samantha Power, abstained for the first time at a voting that Cuba presents against US blockade.
“It’s scandalous”, commented Sorzano. “The administration abandoned its constitutional responsibilities to defend the law”, he added.
The signatories reach so far as to state that “there’s no need” to nominate an ambassador in Cuba.
New pretext? Until, due to security reasons, hiring of its employees is not carried out as they determine.
At the same time, they suggested that a new manager be appointed “more in line with the views of the new Administration”.
The letter, revealed journalists Gamez and Mazzei, was coordinated by the so-called Center for a Free Cuba (CFC), which supports a hard-line and intransigent policy against Havana.
Hence other pending chapters before one can talk about a real improvement in Cuba-U.S. relations.
Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff