From: "pedro martori"
Subject: There are few hundred of exile Iraqis in US. Cuban exiles are more than a million.
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Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 22:45:08 -0400
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There are few hundred of exile Iraqis in US. Cuban exiles are more than a
No Saddam's spies have been captured in US. Five civilian and one military
intelligence officer in the Pentagon have been sentenced in US.
Saddam's Air Force have not shot down any civilian American Airplane.
Castro's Air Force shot down two unarmed civilian American Airplane, killing
three American citizens, one of them a veteran from the war with Vietnam.
The assassination took place in international waters witnessed by a tourist
Saddam had not atomic missiles menacing the people of United States.
Castro had, and in a recent declassified letter to Khrushev, Castro urged
the Soviet leader to drop over United States the first bomb in a nuclear
Before the war with Iraq, Saddam didn't menace directly the people of
United States. Three months before the attack against the World Trade
Center, Fidel Castro stated in the University of Teheran, Iran, that with
the help of the Muslim world the will put United States on its knees.
Why they remove Saddam from power and in the other hand help to keep
Castro in control of Cuba? That's why Cuban people are not happy with the
Administration of George W. Bush.
MIAMI (AP) - For the first time since he became a U.S. citizen decades
ago, 62-year-old Santiago Portal won't vote for a Republican for president.
The Cuban American says he's fed up with President Bush's policy on Cuba
and is urging other exiles to choose someone else in next year's election.
``He can't ask Cubans for votes if he hasn't helped Cubans get freedom,''
said Portal, holding a sign saying ``President Bush push freedom for Cuba
now! Why only Irak?''
This kind of change of heart among Cuban-Americans - who overwhelmingly
supported Bush in 2000 and helped ensure he won Florida's 25 electoral
votes - has GOP officials in Florida concerned heading into an election
Some Florida Republicans are now telling Bush they don't think his
administration is doing enough to help the Cuban people and opponents of
Fidel Castro's communist government. The president's brother, Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush, publicly questioned the administration's decision in July to
return 12 alleged Cuban hijackers to face trial at home.
An increasing number of Florida's elected Republicans have urged the
president to review or change his Cuba policy.
``If our concerns are ignored, there's a real possibility that the Cuban
community could'' stay away from the polls, said state Rep. David Rivera of
Miami, one of 13 Hispanic GOP state lawmakers who warned the president that
he could lose support in Florida if he fails to revamp his Cuba policy.
Bush took Florida from Al Gore by only 537 votes in the 2000 presidential
election. He received about 80 percent of the state's estimated 444,000
Cuban-American votes, said Dario Moreno, a political science professor at
Florida International University.
Any loss of votes in Florida could make the difference between re-election
and becoming a one-term president, Moreno said. Florida now holds 27
electoral votes, fourth largest of all states and a tenth of the 270
electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
Some of Miami's Cuban-Americans are growing to distrust Republicans
because of the lack of policy change, Moreno said. ``They say, 'These guys
come down, they make promises to the community, they don a guayabera, they
make promises in bad Spanish and they don't deliver.'''
State Rep. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, said Cuban-Americans appreciate the
president's steadfast support of maintaining the U.S. trade and travel
embargo against Cuba, but fault the administration for not following through
in other areas.
``There's growing sentiment by the rank-and-file voter that he's done
little on the issue of Cuba,'' Rubio said.
The Florida Republicans have urged Bush to focus on several key issues: a
review or change of the U.S. ``wet foot, dry foot'' migration policy for
Cubans; an increase in aid to Cuban dissidents and more attempts to evade
Cuban jamming of pro-democracy radio and TV broadcasts beamed to the island.
They say recent events require the president to deal with these issues
urgently: Castro's crackdown on dissidents and the summary execution of
three alleged hijackers who tried to bring a ferry to Florida. Castro's
harsh actions also seem to have put off talk in Congress of ending the
In Miami's Little Havana, Portal questioned why Bush spent billions of
dollars to send U.S. troops half way around the world to liberate Iraq while
letting Castro remain in power just 90 miles from Florida.
``He should ask Iraqis for votes, not Cubans, because he freed them,''
Mario Duran, 65, stood by with a similar sentiment: ``Castro has been a
dictator for 44 years. What about a free Cuba?''
White House spokeswoman Jeanie Mamo rejected the notion that the president
is ignoring Cuba.
``The administration is firmly dedicated to a proactive Cuba policy that
will assist the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom,'' she said.
Mamo said the main policy tool Bush is using is the embargo, in place for
more than 40 years. The president maintains that Cuba needs to have a rapid
transition to a free-market democracy before that restriction is lifted, she
said. Bush will oppose any action to weaken those barriers before Cuba takes
Bush made those points in a fiery, well-received May 2002 speech in Miami,
when he demanded Castro release his ``chokehold on the working people and on
enterprise'' before the United States would push for closer relations.
As a presidential candidate, Bush promised to review the Clinton-era ``wet
foot, dry foot'' policy, under which most Cuban migrants caught at sea are
returned home and those who reach U.S. soil are generally allowed to stay.
Mamo refused to say if the president was considering any review or change
of his Cuba policy.
``We've had the sympathy of every president since Kennedy to the current
president,'' said Joe Garcia, executive director of the Cuban American
National Foundation, powerful Cuban exile lobbying group. ``We don't need
any more sympathy. We need action.''