Andres Oppenheimer’s Jan. 17 piece, Latin America’s new leader, on the upcoming swearing in of Cuba’s dictator Raul Castro as chairman of the 33-country Community of Latin American and Caribbean States whose object is to promote democracy and human rights was almost excellent.
What he left out is that this is a way to criticize the U.S. for years of sanctions as well as the unique wet-foot, dry-foot policy to encourage desertions from Cuba and appease the anti-Castro Cuban community. It also hopes to replace the Organization of American States which Hugo Chávez described as a U.S. puppet. Note, the U.N. General Assembly annually has voted to condemn the U.S. sanctions as interfering in internal affairs of another country.
Stanley Blumenthal, Sunrise