Fulton Armstrong’s Unwitting Revelation 2

Source:  Capitol Hill   Cubans   

The new edition of Foreign   Affairs magazine has an article entitled “Our Man in Havana”   about the Castro regime’s imprisonment of American development worker Alan   Gross and U.S. efforts to free him.

Sadly, the article is more akin to a novel (or ego-trip) narrated by former   CIA analyst and Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffer Fulton Armstrong,   transcribed and edited by Daily Beast editor R. M. Schneiderman.

The plot-line is quintessential Fulton Armstrong:

Alan Gross is not a victim of the repressive Cuban dictatorship, which has   unjustly imprisoned him for over three years, but of the democratically-elected   Cuban-American Members of the U.S. Congress, whom he refers to as “the   Cuban lobby.”

It’d be interesting to know whether Armstrong and Scheinederman similarly   refer to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) or other Jewish Members of Congress   as the “Jewish lobby” or former U.S. Senator and now President   Barack Obama as the “black lobby.”

Such labels are insulting and reveal ethnic biases, as former U.S. Senator   Chuck Hagel (R-NE) is currently being reprimanded for.

In the case of Armstrong, it may be due to his blinding ideological bias.

Armstrong has long history of   internally working against U.S. policy towards Cuba. During his time at the   CIA, Armstrong authored, together with his former colleague at the Defense   Intelligence Agency, Ana Belen Montes, an oft-cited 1998 report that argued   that Cuba no longer posed a security threat to the United States. Ironically,   just three years later (in 2001), Montes was identified as a Cuban spy,   arrested, convicted and is now serving life in a federal prison.

He has fervently opposed any endeavor that promotes freedom for the Cuban   people, whether its USAID’s democracy programs, Radio and TV Marti, or a   simple Senate resolution calling for the release of political prisoners. If   the Castro regime dislikes it, so does Fulton Armstrong.

Moreover, Armstrong is particularly insulted by the concept of “regime   change” in Cuba. Perhaps he finds the alternative — “regime   preservation” — to be more appropriate.

During his three-year stint as a staffer to Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) at the   Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Armstrong often forgot who was the   elected Senator (obviously not him) and led a mostly unauthorized assault on   all-things Cuba policy under the Senator’s name. This led to Armstrong’s   retirement in 2011.

However, in Armstrong’s zeal to promote unconditional dialogue with the   Castro dictatorship and to demonize elected Members of the U.S. Congress, the   article contains an important Freudian slip:

[T]he Cuban government adopted an attitude of wait and see. By fall,   there had been little talk about easing the U.S. embargo or taking Cuba off   the list of terrorist states — two top priorities for Raúl Castro, who was   by then in charge.”

Easing the embargo is a priority for Raul Castro?

How could this be?

Cuba “experts” have assured us that Castro really doesn’t want the   embargo eased, for it gives him an “excuse” for his failures.

Of course, anyone who has witnessed first-hand how hard the Castro regime   lobbies to have the embargo unilaterally lifted in Washington D.C. knows just   how important it is for Raul.

This reality is reinforced by a second “slip” about former U.S.   President Jimmy Carter’s visit to Cuba last year:

Both Carter and Castro tried to minimize expectations; they made it   clear this was still part of a trust-building dialogue. And to build that   trust, Carter called for an end to the embargo.”

In other words, to get in Castro’s good graces, one has to lobby against the   embargo for him.

Clearly, the unilateral ending of the U.S. embargo is Raul’s end-game.

So much so, that he’s even willing to take an American hostage.

And Armstrong unwittingly confirms this.



  1. This Guy is nothing else than another useful idiot needed by the Castro regime to continue their reign of terror. This Armstrong character was partner with Ana BeLen Montes,the DiA Analyst that deceived the US Government with her
    fake reports about Cuba,as well as providing espionage services to our enemies.

    He does not surprise me, if he supports the Cuban Tyranny 100%.This are people that pretend not to see the obvious and will try to deviate the attention of our authorities towards a regime that has committed every kind of human right violations with their false reports and his demagogic words.Castro wants a lifting of the embargo,#1 because it will release political pressure,there will be enough food to feed the Cuban population which the Cuban Government will used this opportunity to
    sale the different articles at extravagant prices.#2 The lifting of the embargo as well as the release of the five Cuban spies will signify a small political Victory for the murderer Castro Brothers and their communist cronies.

  2. I actually don’t think Mr. Armstrong is an idiot at all. His perspective on Cuba has permeated every single conversation related to Cuba, and not only that, but the merits of US Cuba policy is constantly challenged using the same talking points Ana Belen Montes used to push for a change in policy. Mr. Armstrong’s political opinions on Cuba, and because of his remarkable access to institutions as well as the media, hurt Cubans and puts Americans at risk.

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