Bush "Morally Outraged" by Venezuela, Cuba
The host of the gathering of Carribean leaders in the White House was the perfefct occasion to give them an earful about who they should be friendly with. Of course they also signed some technical free trade BS, agreed to beef up immigration enforcement and build a facility to hold stray Haitians. What a trip!
Read the reasons the St Kitts minister cites in why Venezuela and Cuba are viewed as vital brothers to the Carribean nations. Or ask yourself who is more "moral," the country that sends thousands of doctors to help the poorest in the region, or the one trying to round up and process them in migration camps?
Tuesday June 26 2007
by Corliss Smithen
US President George W. Bush has told regional leaders that he frowns upon their relationship with Cuba and Venezuela at the just-concluded “Conference on the Caribbean: A 20/20 Vision” between the White House and the Caribbean Community (Caricom).
“The question of our alliances with Cuba and Venezuela arose and President Bush told us, frankly, that he is not pleased with our relationships with those two countries as he considers them to be undemocratic and he was morally outraged by their systems of government,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Timothy Harris reported.
“We, in turn, indicated to the president that we had long established relations with both Venezuela and Cuba. Both of them are members of the greater Caribbean and so, in a true sense, they are part of the broader Caribbean neighbourhood and we want a cohesive neighbourhood and we have a vested interest in that.
“We did say to them that both countries have been extremely helpful to us as we pursue our own development agenda and that, for us, development is our key focus in our engagement with these countries and we were concerned with their own ideological imperatives.
“For us, it was bread and butter issues and we pointed out to him that the United States itself had created a vacuum in which these other countries could now come and join to fill the void by the US’ disinterest and lack of support for development programmes for the Caribbean,” Minister Harris said.
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