Our Men and Women in Havana

September 18, 2017

Appearing on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, October 17, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed that the Trump administration was reviewing whether to close the U.S. embassy in Havana because of the mysterious injuries suffered by U.S. diplomats from late 2016 to early 2017. Just two days earlier, five Republican senators, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) among them, urged Tillerson to close the embassy and expel all Cuban diplomats from the United States in retaliation for the purported attacks.

Closing the U.S. embassy makes no sense. It would punish Cuba for actions whose perpetrator remains unidentified, and it would seriously damage U.S. interests. The demands of these Republicans come as no surprise. They opposed the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba in the first place and are using the injuries to U.S. personnel as a handy excuse to refight a policy battle they lost, not only in 2016 when President Barack Obama restored relations, but again in 2017 when President Donald Trump decided not to break them.



Recent Articles

Date Title
9/28/17 U.S. plans major withdrawal of staff from embassy in Cuba
Steve Dorsey and Kylie Atwood, CBS News
9/28/17 Clueless on Cuba’s economy
The Economist
9/27/17 Cuba warns U.S. against hasty decisions in mysterious illness in diplomats
Sarah Marsh and Matt Spetalnick, Reuters
9/27/17 Trump’s effort to roll back ‘misguided’ Cuba policy stalls
James Rosen, Fox News
9/24/17 CSG Publishes White Paper Presenting Detailed Recommendations for President Trump's Cuba Policy Files
9/24/17 US diplomats, families in Cuba targeted nearly 50 times by sonic attacks, says US official
Patrick Oppmann and Elise Labott, CNN
9/24/17 How Cuba and Puerto Rico responded to their hurricanes
Will Grant, BBC
9/24/17 Cuba sets up hurricane relief bank account. U.S. citizens should be wary of contributing
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
9/21/17 Hurricane Irma highlights the problem of Havana’s crumbling homes
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
9/20/17 Cuba and the Hurricanes of the Caribbean
Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker
9/20/17 U.S.-Cuba commission meets for first time during Trump administration
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
9/19/17 Cuba delays municipal elections due to Irma devastation
Reuters
9/19/17 Trump threatens Venezuela and puts Cuba on notice
Franco Ordoñez, Miami Herald
9/19/17 Risen Energy won the bidding for assisting Cuba in the construction of a 3.9 MW solar PV station
MarketWatch
9/19/17 Cuba Embassy ‘Attacks’ Baffle U.S., Frustrate Victim
Tracy Connor, Mary Murray, and Abigail Williams, NBC News
9/18/17 Current Record
9/18/17 US warns would-be Cuba travelers: Consider the risks following Hurricane Irma
Carol Rosenburg, Miami Herald
9/18/17 US to press concerns over incidents in meeting with Cubans
Josh Lederman, ABC News
9/17/17 In Cuba, many Hurricane Irma victims are asking themselves, where is the government?
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
9/17/17 U.S. considering closing its embassy in Cuba
Carol Morello, Washington Post
9/17/17 Thinking about sending hurricane relief to Cuba? It’s complicated
Mimi Whitefield and ora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
9/17/17 Hurricane Irma Special Appeal
Friends of Caritas Cubana
9/7/17 Hurricane warnings in effect for Cuba’s north central coast
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
9/6/17 Hurricane Irma could rake Cuba’s northern coast by Friday
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
9/4/17 Cuba begins 5-month political transition
Andrea Rodríguez, ABC News
9/4/17 JetBlue is open for business in Cuba with two Havana ticket offices
Chabeli Herrera and Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald