Um, Obama, Don’t Book that Date Night in Havana Just Yet
posted at 9:47 am on June 7, 2009 by coldwarrior
Oh, that Fidel…up to his old tricks….still.
The arrest of a former US State Department official and his wife on charges of spying for Fidel since 1981 certainly is going to improve relations between that fun-loving Castro and the White House. I’d hold off on booking that date night in Havana for now, Mr. President…
The arrest of retired US State Department official Kendall Myers as a Cuban spy. was the culmination of a long FBI investigation and the end of a lucrative second job for the former State Department official.
Myers had been under investigation for three years, since before he retired in 2007.
From 1981 until 2007 Myers and his wife had been allegedly providing classified diplomatic and intelligence information to the Cuban DGI, Cuba’s intelligence arm. The couple entered a plea of “not guilty” Friday, in US District Court, on the charge of conspiracy to act as illegal agents and to communicate classified information to the Cuban government. Each is also charged with acting as an illegal agent of the Cuban government and with wire fraud. They are being held in jail until a detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
As much as Cuba would be a wonderful tourist stop…off the beaten track, exclusive…a lot nicer than a quick trip to New York City for dinner and a show…
This surely cannot smooth the way toward Obama’s stated goal of recognition of Cuba and removal of the embargo. This sort of thing certainly does not lend to easing tensions.
In April, the Obama Administration took steps to relax the trade embargo imposed on the island nation in 1962. The Organization of American States (OAS) has recently reinstalled Cuba as a member…will Cuba be allowed to open up a military office at OAS Headquarters, just one block from the White House?
Will Cuban military officers, thanks to that recently renewed membership in the OAS now be trained at the “Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation [formerly known as the School of the Americas] and be given coveted slots to send their best young men and women to West Point?
How will this arrest derail Obama’s “let’s be friends effort” and how will Congress react?
And will this impact the sale of Che t-shirts on college campuses all across America?
So important to Cuba’s intelligence efforts were the Myer’s that in 1995, Fidel Castro paid a personal visit to the couple while they were “vacationing” in Cuba, after having entered Cuba from Mexico under false identification.
Yes, boys and girls, there are nations out there who are trying to harm us. And talking nice and making public speeches about American injustices and such does not diminish that. While Castro publicly welcomed the Obama Administration’s move to normalize relations, this past April, at the same time Castro was well-briefed as to the Myer’s activities.
So, Mr. President…might want to put off the trip planning for this one.
Maybe Disney World? Seems apt.