Cable Shows Nations Going Easy on Cuba
The cable, transmitted in November 2009 and signed by Jonathan D. Farrar, the top American diplomat in Cuba, hinted that there were economic motives behind the accommodating approach. But if so, the cable concluded that these countries were not getting much of a payoff.
The rewards for acquiescing to Cuban sensitivities, it said, are “risible: pomp-full dinners and meetings, and for the most pliant, a photo-op with one of the Castro brothers.”
The cable added, “In terms of substance or economic benefits they fare little better than those who stand up to” the government.
And yet, in a cable sent six months earlier, the United States Interest Section in Havana also lamented that the Cuban dissidents supported by Washington for decades were old, out of touch and so split by internecine squabbles that the United States should look elsewhere for future leaders.
While that cable, also signed by Mr. Farrar, said dissidents deserved continued American support, it said some groups had been infiltrated by Cuban intelligence and declared, “We see very little evidence that the mainline dissident organizations have much resonance among Cubans.”
A trove of cables made public by WikiLeaks attests to the strained nature of the Cuban-American relationship, at a time when Cuba’s revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, is in failing health and his ideological feud with Washington has little relevance for other countries eager to build bridges. The United States, by contrast, clings to a trade embargo and a policy of isolating Cuba.( More Read Click Here )