The news Tuesday from the House Foreign Affairs Committee was just too much to bear. Yesterday, the Castro brothers, on behalf of the Cuban government, filed suit in the United States Federal District Court of Connecticut yesterday alleging gross negligence on the part of its apologists working out of the United States.
“We have done 50 years, and could do another 20 more, when it comes to depriving the people of Cuba the basic necessities of life, no problem. [There was a brief interruption in the news conference as Jeffrey Goldberg turned to ask Julia Sweig what that could mean]. But we do have limits as to the effectiveness of the revolution’s so-called apologists,” Raul Castro was quoted as saying. He then added, “Since promises were made, they should know that only the Revolution gets to determine which promises are broken. Men in our position cannot be made to look ridiculous [beyond the whole sub-third world economy-thing]. We were counting on those dollars. Now what?”
Committee chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) appeared to add insult to injury when he noted in his statement postponing consideration of H.R. 4645 that, “when we debate and vote on the merits of this legislation, and I intend for it to be soon….” The Castro brothers and apologists, in unison perhaps for the last time, openly mocked the notion that progress could be made after the Tea Party wave expected in November. After all, they basically had two years to bring this issue to a vote in a Democratic controlled Congress, with a Democratic President and they came up as empty as actual food derived from Cuban ration cards.
Named as defendant’s in the lawsuit are as follows:
Berman, Howard (D-CA)
Cuba Study Group
Del Toro Sanchez, Benicio Monserrate Rafael
Dodd, Christopher (D-CT) – Emeritus
Lee, Barbara (D-CA)
Myers, Gwendolyn and Walter
New York Times Editorial page
Perry, James DeWolf VI
Watson, Allison L. – Microsoft