Castro About to Do Something Crazy?
|Raul Castro and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev|
This actually isn't Kaus's theory; as he points out, New York Times writer Ann Louise Bardach connected these dots in 2003 when she took a look back at U.S.-Cuba relations and noticed the following:
1970s: Henry Kissinger and his assistant were conducting some backroom deals with the Cuban government to end the embargo, and just as they thought they were nearing a deal, Castro sent troops to Angola, pissing off the U.S.
1980: Jimmy Carter re-opened the U.S. Interests Sections in Havana, basically as a de facto U.S. embassy. Castro's response? Mariel boatlift, bitches!
1996: The Clinton administration and the Cuban government made some agreements regarding migration and drug interdiction, everybody was cool, Cuba was opening up, relations were improving, yadda, yadda, yadda. Then Castro shot down two planes operated by the exile group Brothers to the Rescue, killing four.
All of which has Kaus wondering what kind of insanity the Castro brothers are cooking up now that Obama is talking about lifting restrictions on family travel and remittances. Add to that whispers about Cuba hosting Russian bombers and Raul centralizing his power, and we might be in for some kind of shenanigans.