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Feb 26, 2015 0 Comments

Subcommittee Hearing: The President’s New Cuba Policy and U.S. National Security Publications, Speech / Presentations

Authors: FERNANDO MENÉNDEZ

 

 
Fernando Menéndez
 
Senior Fellow, Center for a Secure Free Society
 
Committee on Foreign Affairs:
 
Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
 
February 26, 2015
 
“The President’s New Cuba Policy and U.S. National Security”
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Chairman Duncan, ranking member Sires, distinguished committee members, thank you for the opportunity to share my analysis of Cuban events and U.S.-Cuban relations with you in my capacity as an economist and as an observer of Cuba in the hemisphere.It is an honor to be here.
 
Mr. Chairman, of events in Cuba it can be truly stated that the more things change the more they stay the same. The chronic economic woes, the political control by a ruling elite and the alliances with nefarious and extra-regional actors have underscored, and often overturned, whatever possible economic and political reforms appear from time to time or the best intentions for normal relations.
 
Today, as the U.S. considers a new policy toward Cuba it is imperative that we separate intentions from realities and neither underestimate nor overestimate Cuba’s strength and threats. My testimony will focus on three areas of concern: economic, political and foreign policy/national security.
 
 

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Feb 25, 2015 0 Comments

Opinion: Will Gitmo become a terror base? Articles / Opinion Editorials, Publications

Authors: J.D. GORDON

In the sleepy town of Manta, along Ecuador’s remote Pacific Coast, business is good. For narco-terrorists, that is. 

Ironically, just six years ago, it was the U.S.-Ecuador joint hub of counter-narcotic operations, responsible for 60 percent of drug seizures in the Eastern Pacific, worth over $5 billion per year. How times have changed.

Appeasing Ecuador’s left-wing populist Rafael Correa, President Barack Obama shuttered the U.S. Forward Operating Location, withdrawing our Air Force and Navy surveillance planes without a fuss. The international left applauded both leaders, as one more bastion of “Yankee Imperialism” crumbled.

And the crime syndicates have loved every minute of it…. Continue Reading »

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Feb 23, 2015 0 Comments