Cuba Warms to the US?
2:19 PM, Feb 21, 2008 • By BRIAN FAUGHNAN
The other day I expressed surprise that Hugo Chavez had not spoken with Castro since he decided to leave public life. A friend who monitors Latin American politics suggested that the reason Chavez and Castro had not spoken might be that the two leaders are not as close as they once appeared. Cue the news today:
Raul Castro must recognize that the U.S. embargo is unlikely to be lifted without some sort of real change in Havana. The Bush administration has certainly been clear that Fidel's departure alone means nothing; substantive reforms must follow. Would Raul contemplate reforms?
This also demonstrates how Chavez's star is waning in Latin America: even the Cuban government views him as toxic.