US Increases Interference in Cuba's Affairs
After a meeting with National Security Council members and a written letter to the Defense Department, Cuban-American legislators have succeeded in securing a "private" C-130 plane to increase by six-fold the transmission of US propoganda on the island. Mesages during the last week have encouraged Cubans to rise up and feature President Bush and Sec. Rice's exhortations that the US will stand with anyone who does so.
From the AP:
U.S. Increases TV Transmissions to Cuba
By VANESSA ARRINGTON
Cuba's allies urged the United States not to interfere with the communist country during Fidel Castro's absence from power, while the U.S. increased its television transmissions to the island and encouraged anti-Castro activists to push for change.
The United States planned to increase the television transmissions of its Miami-based TV Marti station to Cuba from one afternoon a week to six.
Congress approved $10 million in its 2006 budget to develop airborne TV broadcasting to counter the Cuban government's mostly successful efforts to jam the transmission. A new private plane to be used for the transmissions was unveiled on Saturday.
Cuban Parliament Speaker Ricardo Alarcon warned that the United States would face "hell" if it meddled with the Caribbean island.
In addition to this, there are reports that the Bush Administration is devising other immigration policy changes that would increase the pressure on Cuba. According to documents released Monday by Homeland Security, rules would change making it easier for Cuban doctors who defect their posts around the world to come to the US, as well as prioritize those with family members in the the US above others.
The doctor measure is particularly obscene as it essentially dangles a big carrot in front of humanitarian doctors serving the most desperate in the world. We'd be stealing doctors from rural and shantytown Guatamala and Ghana to serve overweight Americans (with insurance). Of course the only poicy aim there is to further encourage defections and make Castro look bad