The funding for this will be a new US slush fund of $80 million increased by $20 million per year, plus all the dirty destabilization money (unknown multimillions per year) now being funneled through AID, NED, the so-called NGO's in Florida, and the US Interests Section in Havana.
Under the Plan, in the future all Cuban communication, electric power, transport, mining, industry, agriculture, medical, and other productive enterprise will be privatized and the vital actors (US and its entrepreneurs) will build and create for Cuba a water and sanitation system, a health care system, an education system, a transportation system, a communication system, a shelter system (homes for everyone), a food security system (a chicken in every pot), all presumably similar to what we are doing for or to the Iraqi people. Much more, in fact, than we are willing to do for the people of New Orleans.
Our generosity to the Cubans is conditioned however on their acceptance of a new political economy which is similar to our own. There's very little said in the Plan about what already exists in Cuba, and nothing about the effects of our blockade and terrorism against Cubans. It's as if the institutions, infrastructure and protective capabilities which have been created in 45 years of independence are so insignificant they're not worth mentioning.
Not surprisingly, this plan is rife with the usual code words this Administration uses to manipulate public opinion, such as "democracy" (commercial oligarchy), "freedom" (of the big fish to eat the little ones), and "dissenters" (the few hundred Cubans, US paid mercenaries, on the island). The Plan is also full of statements about what changes the Cuban people want (with no supporting evidence), but says little about any role for them in pursuing their supposed desires. Indeed, they are treated as the objects of a transformation to be carried out by others. They are seen as helpless and ignorant, in desperate need of education and training in the complexities of modern consumer society. Somewhat similar in tone but much more intense than the 19th century French idea of "noblesse oblige" (the noble obligation) or the English idea of "the white man's burden." (Kipling)
The Plan is to rebuild the Cuban nation from the bottom up, from scratch to an eventual capitalist neo-colony similar to those that now exist in Central America and the Caribbean. Very little is said, however, about how we get from present reality to "scratch." The first six months are said to be crucial. This is when the Cuban Transition Government (CTG) will be set up. Clearly this means a puppet government such as were created for Afghanistan and Iraq. The nation building will be done on request of these puppets. Funding will consist of an imposed IMF structural adjustment loan, other International bank loans, international investment, especially by the "Cuban community abroad," and direct US taxpayer help where deemed appropriate.
The Cuban Constitution
Much concern is expressed in the Plan about Fidel Castro's "strategy" for succession. Cuba has a constitution, but no mention of it is made in the Plan. Nor, seemingly, is one to be written for them, as was done in Afghanistan and Iraq. Apparently constitutions are no longer considered necessary. The Plan says that Castro's strategy is that his brother becomes president when he leaves office, which the Plan's vital actors (US and its entrepreneurs) will not allow to happen.
The Cuban Constitution was developed at local and provincial levels in the early 1970s, and was approved by 97% of eligible Cuban voters in 1976. Following the "rectification" period in the late 1980s, it was substantially amended in 1992 by the same process and a more than 2/3 vote in the National Assembly as required. In 2002, in response to the proposed Varela Project, it was reaffirmed by a vote of over 8 m Cubans, 93% of the adult population.
This constitution establishes a nonpartisan participatory-representative electoral system, which is not similar to ours, but in many respects is more accountable and democratic. At the local and provincial levels there must be two or more candidates for each office, at the national level it's a parliamentary type system where any candidate for the 619, five-year National Assembly seats must receive at least 50% of the vote to win office.
The executive (called the Council of State, analogous to our president and cabinet) consists of 24 elected (every five years) members of the Assembly headed by a president and vice president, which presently are the duly elected Castro brothers.
The Constitution provides that if the president is unable to continue or leaves for any reason, the Vice President will take his place until the National Assembly elects a new President. The Assembly and the Castro brothers have frequently said any succession will occur according to the Constitution. The only way it could be stopped or changed is by a US military intervention. Thus, this Plan is in effect, as Cuba's Assembly President Richard Alarcon has stated, a declaration of war. It's a combination of unsupported, vague generalities, gross exaggeration, insults, hypocrisy and outright falsehoods. It's a tunnel-visioned ultimatum that acknowledges no possibility that there may be other views and perspectives about Cuba. It eliminates the likelihood of public discussion of such in the US before our superior military power is introduced to settle the matter. It bears no relation to the reality of Cuba or the century and half struggle of its people for autonomy. It's another blast in the relentless Cuba propaganda campaign that our government has been conducting for years.
Many Americans are
becoming aware of how unreliable our media is and how we are being
manipulated through it by our government. After all, for most of us,
everything we know about foreign countries comes from the media. In the
past, by exercising our constitutional right to travel to other countries
at peace with us, we were able to see and learn the truth ourselves or
from reports by honest people. In the case of Cuba, however, the effects
of the false propaganda are multiplied exponentially by prohibiting travel
there. Our government knows that if we were able to learn the reality of
Cuba, its entire re-colonization effort would quickly collapse in
It's unusual to publicly issue beforehand a plan for the subjugation of a sovereign nation. The last historical example which comes to mind is the 1924 publication of Adolph Hitler's Mein Kampf, which outlined his proposed steps in the upcoming takeover of Germany by the Nazi Party. Unfortunately, no one in Europe paid much attention to it. Americans should ask themselves why our government is issuing a Plan like this at this time.
Clearly, pander is
an important factor. The South Florida business community, which consists
of people with all kinds of ancestry, including Cuban, American, Latin,
has always seen Cuba as its competitor in the main industry, tourism. It
funds most of our national and Florida anti-Cuba politicians and receives
from them in return a brutal blockade, a vicious anti-Cuba policy, and
even more taxpayer money in return.
Americans would be wise, in their own self-interest, to try to reign in this Administration before it further executes this Plan. Any intervention in Cuba will lead to a brutal war and a long, harsh, bloody occupation/insurgency, which will end only when the Americans withdraw completely.
Tom Crumpacker is a member of the Miami Coalition to End the US Embargo of Cuba. He lives in Austin, Texas.