Monday, March 2, 2009

U.S.-Cuba rapproachment looks nearer

Today's shakeup of Cuba's government by President Raul Castro should make it easier for the impending settlement with the United States. Castro, the brother of longtime president Fidel Castro, replaced eight ministers on Monday in his most decisive move since assuming the presidency a year ago, according to the Reuters international news service. The government said the move was made to improve efficiency, but it seemed more like a consolidation of power by Castro, who removed two prominent younger ministers who could have been seen as rivals, Reuters said. Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, 43, and Chief Cabinet Minister Carlos Lage, 57, were the most prominent ministers replaced Monday, Reuters said. Lage was considered an economic reformer who led a host of economic changes that helped the tiny island nation survive the collapse of the Soviet Union, its chief benefactor. Castro also replaced Perez Roque, Fidel Castro's former personal secretary and a strong proponent of Cuban socialism. Roque had recently spoken positively about prospects for improved relations with the United States under the Obama administration.


The Snarking Lot said...

I think we have to question the wisdom of continuing to isolate Cuba, especially in an age where our concerns over human rights are seen as secondary to our economic co-dependence with China.

Is Cuba any sort of realistic threat to the United States? No.

Are normalizing relations with Cuba a threat to anything but the support by Cuban-American special interests of a narrow group of politicians? Not really.

NatetheGrate said...

That's certainly how it seems to me. Maybe the Obama administration will offer some insight into how and why the embargo has been continued.