I have to admit, I haven’t paid much attention to the Cuban American National Foundation recently. In my U.S.-Latin American Relations class I discuss it in historical context, for its policy importance under Jorge Mas Canosa (who died over a decade ago).
As a result, I read this story about Barack Obama giving a speech to the CANF with some confusion. Obama reiterated his oft-mentioned idea that the
Obama's speech was warmly received and he was frequently interrupted by applause.
But there’s more. McCain had given a typical “I’ll be your hardliner man” speech a few days ago, which I assumed had been both expected and popular. Not quite:
Obama's speech offered a sharp contrast to the remarks delivered just four days ago by McCain in
. McCain's stay-the-course message was warmly received, but foundation president Pepe Hernandez said he was disappointed. Miami
''We love Sen. McCain and we have been friends with him for a very long period of time, but we think at this juncture of history of the Cuban process we need to try new approaches and new methods,'' he said. ``There was nothing in his speech that we have not heard before.''
So even CANF is saying that nearly a half century of failure marks the time to come up with a fresh strategy.
Finally, the Obama campaign simultaneously released a document proposing a new