Thursday, October 25, 2007

Bush suggestions for a more open Cuba

Bush suggestions for a more open Cuba

Associated Press - October 24, 2007 3:53 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush says it's time to get ready for a
post-Castro Cuba.

With Fidel Castro now frail, 81 years old and seen only in official
videos, the president is using a State Department speech today to say
now is the time to begin a democratic transition.

According to spokeswoman Dana Perino, Bush will suggest steps Cuba could
take right away, like granting property rights, and access to the Internet.

But right now, all that's wishful thinking. To date, the interim regime
headed by Fidel Castro's brother, Raul, has shown little interest in
reform. Raul Castro and other top communists have run Cuba since Fidel
Castro had abdominal surgery last year.

A commentary by Castro in the government-run press says the so-called
"transition" that Bush advocates is just a new attempt to conquer Cuba
by force.

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