Chronicle of a War Foretold
By Ricardo Alarcon De Qquesada
Clearing House" -- -- On May 20, 2004, US President
George W Bush disclosed with great fanfare his plan to annex Cuba.
The massive 450-page creation elicited a wave of criticism from
around the world.
Above all, it is the Cuban people who are threatened with
extermination and the obliteration of their country. Cuba, according
to the sinister plan, would simply disappear, it would cease to
exist. Let’s take a quick look at what would happen if that Bush
plan was ever to be applied:
--Return all properties to former owners. Millions of people would
be evicted from their homes in less than one year, under the
supervision and control of the United States through its Commission
for the Return of Confiscated Properties.
--All sectors of the economy would be privatized, including
education and healthcare services, all cooperatives would be
disbanded and former landholdings would be returned to past owners;
social security and assistance would be eliminated, including
pensions and retirement benefits. A special program would be
organized for retirees and senior citizens to labor in public works
projects as long as their health status allowed it. The most
rigorous neoliberal guidelines would be applied. The US government
would be in charge of the implementation of all these measures
through a Permanent Committee for Economic Reconstruction.
--As the implementation of the plan would be met by the tenacious
resistance of the Cuban people ("It would not be easy," Bush
acknowledges in his Plan), top priority would be accorded to massive
and generalized repression: against all members of the Cuban
Communist Party, all members of social and mass organizations and
other "government sympathizers", according to the document, which
also emphasizes (would it be necessary?) that the list of the
victims of their repression would be long. The US government would
take direct charge of this repressive body "organized by the State
--The overseeing of this program would be performed by a US
government official appointed by President Bush under the pompous
title of "Cuba Transition Coordinator", a sort of administrator or
Governor General for the island, similar to what existed over a
century ago under General Leonard Wood. The official would have the
same responsibilities -even the same title- that Mr. Brenner had in
invaded and destroyed Iraq. But in Cuba’s case, the difference would
be that the Coordinator has already been appointed, a fellow called
Caleb McCarry, who has already toured some European countries in
search of shameful complicity. His much trumpeted appointment was
presided over by Bush himself, as testimony that the president’s
plan against the island and its citizens is serious business, not
something that will only remain on paper.
--The Bush Plan also included specific measures against Cuban
Americans, whose ties with their relatives on the island have been
severely restricted. They were deprived of a general license to
visit them and the discriminatory restriction of traveling to Cuba
only once every three years was imposed, and that only when granted
a special permit to do so. It also cruelly makes an arbitrary
definition of family that can be visited, which excludes uncles,
aunts, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
To reach this goal, the US government will step up its actions to
put and end to the Cuban Revolution, following three main
procedures: a more rigorous blockade against the Island, the
increase of financing and material support for internal mercenary
groups and an ever growing disinformation and slander campaign.
Anybody should know that the commitment to overthrow the government
of another country, to seek a political, economic and social regime
change, and submit that country to a foreign power, is a scandalous
breach of international law, only conceivable in people with a
The aggressive and illegal nature of the Bush plan is so obvious, so
outrageously delirious, that it received criticism even from some of
the organizations and individuals that oppose the Cuban Revolution
and are defenders of US policies and interests. That was the case of
some members of the so-called Inter-American Dialogue --which
includes well known enemies of Cuba— that issued a public letter
opposing the plan because they saw it as a declaration of war and
violence. There were those who called it "terrifying" and "the most
dangerous in the relations between the United States and Latin
America in the last 50 years."
Bush succeeded in doing what many US politicians dream of: uniting
the political spectrum from left to right. But this unity was
critical of him and his wicked plan.
But Bush had something in his favor. The same famous media that
attended his announcement in May, 2004, and echoed his publicity
show, kept a disciplined silence during the rest of the year and
after. Something that was "the most dangerous" in a half century,
simply disappeared from the attention of the "press." The issue
simply ceased to exist. And that’s how it was for a year and a half
until December of 2005.
Then, without giving specifics, and when they had all forgotten the
matter, it was announced in Washington that a new report on Cuba was
going to be issued in May, 2006.
The speculation grew. There were even some rightwing politicians and
academics who had criticized the Bush plan as too soft, and who
imagined a possibility of a hardening.
May 20, 2006 arrived and the media began to ask questions. But
nothing happened that day nor in the following weeks. The official
spokespersons replied with evasive answers to the journalists
questions. Until once again, one and all, forgot about the issue.
Then in the third week of June, in an unusual and silent manner, the
report appeared on the State Department website dated June 20, 2006.
But, apparently nobody saw it. A week went by and the spokespersons
and press remained in total silence, until some media in Miami and
certain news agencies "discovered" what they called a "draft."
Curiously the finding took place not at any time but precisely when
the four-day July 4th holiday weekend began. This allowed for the
news to be buried amidst the fireworks, patriotic rhetoric and
special sales at shopping centers that usually accompany the
commemoration of Independence Day.
The published text does not differ a millimeter from the original
Bush plan. Just the opposite. It begins by ratifying it and
welcoming the supposed successes of its application. On top of that
"solid foundation" it announces "additional measures" to
"accelerate" the end of the Cuban Revolution.
These measures deserve a thorough analysis and I propose doing so at
a later date.
However, there is one thing that calls for an energetic and urgent
denouncement. It is something absolutely bizarre.
Before listing the "additional measures" the public ones, the report
says there are other contents in an appendix that remain secret for
"national security reasons" and to assure their "effective
After all that has already been said –tens of millions more dollars
for their mercenaries, new economic restrictions and illegal actions
against international trade and the sovereignty of Cuba and other
nations, additional punishment for Cubans and citizens of other
countries--, and having made public more than two years ago its plan
that goes into the smallest detail on their intent to re-colonize
Cuba, after all that, at this stage what more could they have that
warrants being kept hidden as top secret? What are they hiding for
reasons of "national security and effective implementation?"
More terrorist attacks? New assassination attempts against Fidel
Castro? A military aggression? Knowing Bush and his associates,
anything is possible.
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