This week's article in The Miami Herald about a recent U.S. telecom delegation that visited Cuba is case-and-point why the Obama Administration keeps getting rolled by the Castro regime.
Note the level of desperation by the Obama Administration's lead telecom "negotiator."
The Castro regime is fully aware of this desperation. Thus, it just sits back and waits for more concessions.
It's for this reason that -- since Obama's new policy -- Castro has increased repression, induced emigration, cut U.S. food purchases, re-imprisoned released political prisoners, stifled "cuentapropistas" and -- despite re-established diplomatic relations -- has dug-in on a stolen U.S. Hellfire missile, harbored FBI Most Wanted Terrorists, etc.
Just like they knew yesterday that Obama would cave in his purported support for "cuentapropistas," in order to now (illegally) focus support on Castro's state monopolies.
Why would the Castro regime "cede one inch" (using Raul's own words), when he knows Obama will cave again-and-again, just to be able to cut some any nominal deal for his "legacy"?
And with Obama's "negotiators" channeling such desperation.
From The Miami Herald:
Cuba still wary of U.S. telecom and Internet offers
After a second round of meetings in Havana, Daniel Sepúlveda, the U.S. point man on telecom policy toward Cuba, says the United States feels an urgency to make progress and sign deals while President Barack Obama is still in office but Cuba appears to want to take its time.
In all its recent dealings with the United States, Cuba has emphasized its priority is an end to the embargo, and in a Foreign Ministry statement at the end of the telecom talks, Cuba mentioned “the limitations of the new regulations adopted for this sector by the U.S. government.”
The feedback the U.S. delegation got from the Cubans was they would take the cable and other joint venture overtures under consideration, but that the Internet/telecom industry wasn’t currently one of their main economic priorities, said Sepúlveda. The message from the Cuban side, he said, was that while they are open to seeing the U.S. ideas, they “want to move very carefully” and “Cuba is going to move forward in its own way.”
Sepúlveda said his response was: “Fine and good but we have a window of opportunity here.” Obama, who announced the historic opening with Cuba on Dec. 17, 2014, is in the final year of his term and some Republican presidential hopefuls said they plan to reverse his overtures toward Cuba.
He said that even though his job is advocacy and creating a policy environment conducive to a communications opening, rather than helping with business deals, “We need to have some solid wins to give [U.S. business] confidence.”
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