- While the United States is committing
a crime against Yugoslavia, where we have no legitimate strategic or national
interests, President Clinton's Chinese friends have been busy little bees,
90 miles from our shores.
- Chi Haotian, minister of national defense,
got together with Raul Castro, big brother Fidel's minister of defense,
and decided that working together was a very good idea.
- Right next door to the still-active Russian
electronic spy base, the Chinese will help Fidel build a brand-new electronic
spy facility of his own and train his people. In return, the Chinese will
have permanent presence and will share the intelligence data collected
by the Cubans.
- The Tibetan killers also will modernize
Cuba's satellite-tracking base at Jaruco, where some of the parabolic dishes
are about 40 meters in diameter. They will also modernize the equipment
of Castro's telecommunications-monitoring base at Paseo and 13th Street
in Havana. As you might guess, all telephone calls in Cuba are three-party
calls -- the third party being Castro's secret police.
- Out in Santiago, on the eastern end of
the island, the Cubans are helping to construct an antenna farm. Just what
the facility will do -- increase the range and power of Cuba's propaganda
broadcasts or be involved in military intelligence -- is unclear at this
- There's talk that the Chinese agreed
to supply spare parts for Castro's Russian-built war planes and to supply
other military equipment for the American left's favorite Stalinist dictator.
Who knows? Maybe they will give the graybeard a few missiles one day. After
all, China intends to incorporate Taiwan into its mainland government,
by force if necessary, and when that day comes, China will want to have
the means ready to make the United States timid.
- You can expect to see Chinese investments
in Cuba, and you will see Castro join forces with the Communist Chinese
to drive Taiwanese interests and businesses out of Latin America and the
- As they say, much is afoot to the south
of us. It makes you wonder why the United States is bogging itself down
in the no-win mire of the Balkans. My guess is that flawed decision can
be attributed to the fact that underneath his mask of sanity, President
Clinton has a screw loose. I suspect that before his term ends the cowardly
Democrats in the House of Representatives and Senate who chose partisanship
over duty will regret they missed their opportunity to get this captain
off the ship.
- Probably what will shock most Americans
in the months ahead is the discovery that the United States has few to
no friends in Latin America, and among the few, the fervor is faint to
absent. That is our own fault. Our nation has always treated Latin America
as a poor backyard neighbor barely worthy of notice. We will reap a harvest
of indifference or hostility.
- Castro is a criminal psychopath with
a pathological hatred of North America. He has a Hitlerian case of megalomania.
I think one of the most revealing things I ever read about Castro was in
a book written by a high-ranking official who defected after a lifetime
in a Marxist society.
- He wrote that Castro, on one of his tours,
stopped at a school and challenged a 10-year-old to a game of ping pong.
The 10-year-old beat him, and, instead of laughing and hugging the child,
as a normal man would, Castro flew into a rage and sulked.
- Ideology and politics aside, it's a good
idea to keep the nuts out of power all the time and everywhere. Unfortunately,
neither the Cubans nor we Americans have had much success in that regard.