Why Isn't Alan Gross on Next Plane Ho...

Why Isn't Alan Gross on Next Plane Home After Bowe Bergdahl?

There are 5 comments on the Forward story from Jun 16, 2014, titled Why Isn't Alan Gross on Next Plane Home After Bowe Bergdahl?. In it, Forward reports that:

The Obama administration's bungling of its media strategy with the release of the captive Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has obscured the essential fact that negotiations - even with interlocutors we can't stand - do work.

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WE JUST DONT CARE

Orillia, Canada

#1 Jun 16, 2014
This is a quote from the above-headlined article - for those who post nonsense, WITHOUT READING THE ARTICLE IN QUESTION, namely one (or both) of the Multi--Names characters OR The 'Babbling Bog'.
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The activities Gross was conducting in Cuba when he was arrested at the end of 2009 were instigated, approved and fully funded by the [U.S.] government.
Part of the $45 million-a-year core of the Bush administration’s Cuba regime-change strategy, Gross was simply carrying out policy that was embraced enthusiastically by senior officials.
The Cuban government arrested and convicted Gross for three main reasons: Through his work in the [USAID],“democracy-promotion program,” he violated Cuban law (and, as his trip reports made
clear, knew he was doing so); Havana wanted to rein in activities similar to his, and the Cuban government, believing President Obama’s early rhetoric about a “new beginning” in
bilateral relations, saw an opportunity to force Washington to engage in credible dialogue.
The Obama administration rejected the Cubans. It denigrated Cuban laws — even though a Cuban government agent would face serious charges if caught in the United States setting up
sophisticated covert communications networks, as Gross was in Cuba.
After initially undertaking a series of reforms to clean up the regime-change programs,
the administration reneged under pressure from the handful of Cuban American legislators who want the operations to be as provocative and well-funded as possible.
Gross’s strongest advocates in Congress — the people who defend his secret activities and stridently demand his unconditional, unilateral release — have opposed negotiations
and forcefully urged ramping up the regime-change programs to provoke Havana.(Senator Patrick Leahy is the clarion exception;
he’s called the programs “nuts” and suggested we talk to the Cubans.)
Anyone working on behalf of the U.S. government deserves our most fervent efforts to bring him or her home safely and swiftly.
Why exclude Gross from this solemn contract? Because he wasn’t a full-time government employee? Because some in Washington — those who don’t want progress
in Cuban relations — see political advantage in keeping this obstacle in place?
Because we are embarrassed by the naivete of his government patrons, who believed that covert action by an untrained subcontractor would help overthrow the Cuban government?
To get Bergdahl home, Obama released five pretty tough Taliban commanders, and it’s probably more than a coincidence that the previous week, on May 25, he deepened his commitment
to “bring America’s longest war to a responsible end.” Havana’s price will be much more reasonable. The much-bantered proposal to swap Gross for the remaining of the “Cuban Five” prisoners
in U.S. prison — serving on espionage charges — may not be as immutable as Havana’s rhetoric would suggest.(They’re certainly a lot less scary than Taliban who are not likely to
have fond memories of their Guantanamo stay.) Cuban policymakers are, if anything, realistic in their expectations of what Obama can do. And they would not expect a dramatic announcement
from No-Drama Obama regarding a bold strategy to normalize relations.
Instead, the administration should do what the Cubans have wanted all along — clean up the regime-change programs, which, as carried out, have achieved nothing
and cost us much, and talk to them. Neither would be very hard. Cuba’s rhetoric toward the United States has changed in recent years, but Washington’s has not.
If Havana is willing to forgo the comfort of Cold War enmity and slogans, why aren’t we? There’s a lot to talk about — including getting our man in Havana, Alan Gross, back home.
WE JUST DONT CARE

Orillia, Canada

#2 Jun 16, 2014
The activities Gross was conducting in Cuba when he was arrested at the end of 2009 were instigated, approved and fully funded by the [U.S.] government.
Part of the $45 million-a-year core of the Bush administration’s Cuba regime-change strategy, Gross was simply carrying out policy that was embraced enthusiastically by senior officials.
The Cuban government arrested and convicted Gross for three main reasons: Through his work in the [USAID],“democracy-promotion program,” he violated Cuban law (and, as his trip reports made
clear, knew he was doing so); Havana wanted to rein in activities similar to his, and the Cuban government, believing President Obama’s early rhetoric about a “new beginning” in
bilateral relations, saw an opportunity to force Washington to engage in credible dialogue.

The Obama administration rejected the Cubans. It denigrated Cuban laws — even though a Cuban government agent would face serious charges if caught in the United States setting up
sophisticated covert communications networks, as Gross was in Cuba.
After initially undertaking a series of reforms to clean up the regime-change programs,
the administration reneged under pressure from the handful of Cuban American legislators who want the operations to be as provocative and well-funded as possible.

Gross’s strongest advocates in Congress — the people who defend his secret activities and stridently demand his unconditional, unilateral release — have opposed negotiations
and forcefully urged ramping up the regime-change programs to provoke Havana.(Senator Patrick Leahy is the clarion exception;
he’s called the programs “nuts” and suggested we talk to the Cubans.)

Anyone working on behalf of the U.S. government deserves our most fervent efforts to bring him or her home safely and swiftly.
Why exclude Gross from this solemn contract? Because he wasn’t a full-time government employee? Because some in Washington — those who don’t want progress
in Cuban relations — see political advantage in keeping this obstacle in place?
Because we are embarrassed by the naivete of his government patrons, who believed that covert action by an untrained subcontractor would help overthrow the Cuban government?

To get Bergdahl home, Obama released five pretty tough Taliban commanders, and it’s probably more than a coincidence that the previous week, on May 25, he deepened his commitment
to “bring America’s longest war to a responsible end.” Havana’s price will be much more reasonable. The much-bantered proposal to swap Gross for the remaining of the “Cuban Five” prisoners
in U.S. prison — serving on espionage charges — may not be as immutable as Havana’s rhetoric would suggest.(They’re certainly a lot less scary than Taliban who are not likely to
have fond memories of their Guantanamo stay.) Cuban policymakers are, if anything, realistic in their expectations of what Obama can do. And they would not expect a dramatic announcement
from No-Drama Obama regarding a bold strategy to normalize relations.
Instead, the administration should do what the Cubans have wanted all along — clean up the regime-change programs, which, as carried out, have achieved nothing
and cost us much, and talk to them. Neither would be very hard. Cuba’s rhetoric toward the United States has changed in recent years, but Washington’s has not.
If Havana is willing to forgo the comfort of Cold War enmity and slogans, why aren’t we? There’s a lot to talk about — including getting our man in Havana, Alan Gross, back home.
WE JUST DONT CARE

Orillia, Canada

#3 Jun 16, 2014
Sorry about the dual posting - it didn't appear to go through the first time I tried to post it.

This post is made up of quotes from the headlined story and I posted it so that the two Multi-Names Characters,'(who generally respond WITHOUT reading the headlined articles' contents), can't spew their foolish rhetoric!
L I G E R

Frenchtown, NJ

#4 Jun 16, 2014
WE JUST DONT CARE wrote:
Sorry about the dual posting - it didn't appear to go through the first time I tried to post it.
This post is made up of quotes from the headlined story and I posted it so that the two Multi-Names Characters,'(who generally respond WITHOUT reading the headlined articles' contents), can't spew their foolish rhetoric!
Mohamed (though that is his REAL name he will post under usurped avatars to create confusion and make himself appear to be an average mainstream "leaning to the Left" citizen.
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•.BEWARE!!!!!! He is an ISLAMIC CYBER TERRORIST!!!!
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• His AGENDA: destroy America and the Western Free world!!!!!
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• Mohamed is a MUSLIM TERRORIST posing as a mainstream white man with ideology leaning towards the left.In reality, his ideology is extreme RADICAL LEFT with the intent of widening the schism in America. His goal is to contribute to destroy America from within by simply demonizing our society and our government, while praising the enemy such as the neighboring dictatorship in Cuba and their ally/colony? Venezuela.
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• He also will be critical of dissidents and accuse them of being supporters of Batista. Most dissidents are against Batista, and the younger generation knows very little about Batista.
Batista was a corrupt and undesirable piece of filth, but despite that he contributed to building and improving Cuba, while the present dictatorship has taken one of the most prosperous and advanced nations in the world and made it one of the poorest and most backward nations. Their only achievement is assembly-line doctors that they use in the third world to gain favors and recognition, but who are so poorly trained that they cannot compete with a USA trained Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner. They are mediocre in quality, not "top notch" like in the USA.
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• Communism produces substandard and mediocre products, not state of the art high quality.
They are capable only of mediocrity, not excellence!
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• Mohamed's AGENDA: To destroy America and the rest of the Free World!
And then have the muslims take over, do away with Democracy, Socialism, Communism, Capitalism, Multiculturalism, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hinduism etc.
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• A National Muslim Planet under Shariah law.....no other cultures, no other religions.....TOTALITARIAN SHARIAH ISLAMIC LAW !!!
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•---- B E W A R E !!!!!!!!!!
CastroHitler

Frenchtown, NJ

#5 Jun 16, 2014
GROSS IS NOT HOME, HE IS iN THE GRIP OF CASTROHITLER, THAT'S WHY

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