- - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Obama outreach and concessions to the communist nation of Cuba have been seen as appeasement by many national security analysts. The behavior of the Stalinist regime has not been altered by the new openness. On the contrary, arrests and oppression of the political opposition has continued unabated.

The Cuban government announced military exercises today coinciding with Trump’s victory, sending an aggressive signal to the new president-elect. The exercises will be a week long and include troop movements and explosions, reports Reuters.

“The aim is to… raise the country’s ability for defense and the troops’ and people’s preparation to confront different enemy actions,” according to the announcement in the ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma.

Many on the island and the American mainland see relations between the two countries worsening under Trump as the new president will deal with the communist nation in a much more real-politik manner, rather than providing a large carrot and no stick.

“With both the White House and Congress in Republican hands, there is nothing to stop Trump from keeping his pledge to resurrect the Cold War-era policy of hostility, despite opinion polls showing broad public support for engagement,” said William LeoGrande, a professor of government at American University, wrote Reuters.


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