ICYMI, on July 19, 2021, RealClear Politics published an article titled "Biden's Cuba Crossroads," in which GLA President Jason Poblete discusses the current administration's opportunity to make history when it comes to US-Cuba policy.
“[Democrats] could miss a golden opportunity for the president to make history, seize this moment and reject his party’s recent wrong moves on Cuba,” Jason Poblete, an international human rights and national security attorney and the son of Cuban immigrants, told RealClearPolitics...
Others say Biden’s messaging needs to become more coherent and persuasive to key allies – after an easily avoidable bungling of the U.S. response for most of the critical first days of the protests.
“The messaging on this has been terrible – and it’s shocking to people like myself because it’s not as if what you’re seeing play out in Cuba was unexpected,” said Poblete. “This is a scenario that the U.S. government has studied for years, and there’s been numerous contingency plans crafted for just this moment.”
For instance, during the Trump administration, some at the State Department were pushing to assemble humanitarian aid at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay military base to respond to any type of uprising, according to a former senior official. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo never signed off on positioning the aid but was aware of the push as part of a Cuba-contingency plan if such an uprising — which the world is watching now — were to take place.
The U.S. government should be proactively airlifting “massive amounts of aid” and positioning it at Guantanamo Bay for distribution, Poblete argued."
Read the Full article by Susan Crabtree on RealClearPolitics HERE.