Mitt Romney will adopt a clear policy toward the Cuban regime: no
accommodation, no appeasement. The United States should not relent until
the day when the Castros’ regime meets its end and their history is
written among the world's most reviled despots, tyrants, and frauds. The
North Star that guides Mitt Romney’s policy toward the island is the
realizable dream of a free Cuba.
Unfortunately, President Obama has
adopted a strategy of appeasement toward the Castro regime. He
unilaterally relaxed sanctions without making any demands of the regime.
Predictably, the Castros responded to these naïve concessions by
tightening their grip on the island and by taking an American, Alan
Gross, as a political prisoner. Now, increased travel and remittances to
Cuba prop up a regime desperate for foreign currency.
Mitt Romney will break sharply with President Obama’s appeasement
strategy. Mitt Romney believes unilateral concessions to a dictatorial
regime are counterproductive, helping to secure a succession of power
and greater repression instead of a transition to freedom. Mitt Romney
will send a strong message to both the regime and the Cuban people that
the United States stands with the courageous pro-democracy movement on
the island, and that our support will never waver. Mitt Romney’s policy
toward Cuba will include:
Reinstating Travel & Remittance Restrictions. Mitt Romney will reinstate
the 2004 travel and remittance restrictions that President Obama naively
Adhering to the Helms-Burton Act. Mitt Romney will strictly adhere to
the Helms-Burton Act, including Title III, to place maximum pressure on
the Cuban regime.
Demanding Release of Alan Gross. Mitt Romney will demand the immediate
release of Alan Gross.
Democracy Promotion Programs. Mitt Romney will fully fund and
effectively implement democracy promotion programs to support Cuba’s
brave pro-democracy movement.
Breaking the Information Blockade. Mitt Romney will commit to breaking
the information blockade the Castro regime places on the Cuban people.
He will order effective use of Radio and TV Marti’s broadcasts to the
island and employ robust Internet, social media, and other innovative
steps to bring information to the Cuban people and help them send
Publicly Naming Oppressors. Mitt Romney will publicly identify by name
those police officers, prison officials, judges, state security
personnel, and regime officials who mistreat, torture, and oppress the
Cuban people so they know they will be held individually accountable.
Holding the Castros Accountable for the Brothers to the Rescue Shoot
Down. Mitt Romney will explore all avenues — including criminal
indictment — to ensure that Fidel and Raul Castro are held accountable
for the killing of four Americans in the downing of the Brothers to the
Romney recognizes the wider threat to freedom posed by the anti-American
Bolivarian movement across Latin America that is led by Venezuela’s Hugo
Chavez and the Castro brothers. This movement threatens the principles
enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter and poses a serious
national security threat to U.S. regional allies and the U.S. homeland
in the form of an enhanced drug-terror nexus. Mitt Romney will pursue a
resolute policy toward Latin America that will include:
Bolstering the Inter-American Democratic Charter. The precepts of the
Inter-American Democratic Charter will form the cornerstone of U.S.
policy in the hemisphere. There will never be a Cuban exception to the
Campaign for Economic Opportunity in Latin America. In his first 100
days, Mitt Romney will launch a vigorous public diplomacy and trade
promotion effort in the region — the Campaign for Economic Opportunity
in Latin America (CEOLA) — to extol the virtues of democracy and free
trade and contrast them with the ills of the model offered by Cuba and
Hemispheric Joint Task Force on Crime & Terrorism. Mitt Romney will form
a unified Hemispheric Joint Task Force on Crime and Terrorism to
coordinate intelligence and law enforcement among our allies against
regional terrorist groups and criminal networks.