Review of Policy on Cuba Sought
Kamimura, Chiharu, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Former Undersecretary of State William D. Rogers yesterday argued in support of the creation of a bipartisan commission to review U.S.-Cuba policy, saying capitalism now so dominates the globe that it must be "Fidel's worst nightmare."
Mr. Rogers, at an address to the American Chamber of Commerce, said the world had changed in the 38 years since America's Cuba policy was established, including the termination of billions of dollars in annual support to Fidel Castro from Moscow after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
"Capitalism and its fundamental form - open economies, privatization, reduction of the role of a government - are a fashion throughout the world at the present time," Mr. Rogers said at the luncheon address at the National Press Club. "If anything, Fidel's worst nightmare has occurred."
Last month, Sen. John W. Warner, Virginia Republican, sent a letter to Mr. Clinton proposing the creation of the National Bipartisan Commission on Cuba. The commission would evaluate security risks Cuba poses to the United States, the indemnification of losses incurred by the U.S.-certified claimants with confiscated property in Cuba, and the impact of the economic, trade and travel embargo. …