“The Obama administration is planning to expand opportunities for Americans to travel to Cuba.,” reports the New York Times this week. “The (Obama) policy…is meant to loosen restrictions on academic, religious and cultural groups that were adopted under President George Bush and return to the “people to people” policies followed under President Bill Clinton….Those policies, officials said, fostered robust exchanges between the United States and Cuba, allowing groups … to share expertise as well as life experiences.”
In fact, these groups shared much more than “life experiences.” The New York Times is much; too bashful in detailing just how “robust” these exchanges with Cuba had gotten during the Clinton administration.
No mention by the NY Times, for instance, that the deepest and most damaging penetration of the U.S. Defense Department by an enemy agent resulted precisely from all that “sharing” by the Clinton administration with Stalinist Cuba, a regime Obama’s very State Department lists as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. Schizophrenia by any other name
"Castro poses no significant threat to the U.S. or any of his hemispheric neighbors. No evidence exists that Cuba is trying to foment any instability in the Western Hemisphere," asserted the Clinton Defense Departments, “National Intelligence Estimate on Cuba"
From Havana Castro immediately hailed the report as "an objective report by serious people!"
This report was authored by the Clinton Defense Department’s Ana Belen Montes, a champion of cultural and educational exchanges with Cuba, in which she partook abundantly. During the Clinton administration Ana Montes was awarded the “Certificate of Distinction,” the third-highest honor awarded by any U.S. Intelligence agency. Her diligence, brilliance and sagacity led the Clinton team to promote Ana Montes to head the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Cuba division, an ideal post to better champion her enlightened policy of “openness” and “sharing” with Castro’s Cuba.
Ana Montes had access to all U.S. intelligence on Cuba and led briefings on Capitol Hill, at the State Department and the Pentagon regarding her enlightened Cuban policy. "On Cuba," one government official said. "Montes was who you went to."
Thus pampered, promoted and honored under Clinton, Montes today serves a 25 year prison sentence for "Conspiracy to Commit Espionage." On September 20th 2001, (under Bush) Ms Montes was arrested by the FBI as a Castro spy and accused of the same crime as Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. After conviction, only a plea bargain allowed the Clinton Administration’s top “Cuba Expert” to escape the fate of the Rosenbergs.
Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.