Council on Foreign Relations (STILL!) relies on Ana Montes for Cuba info.

Please, please, please: before charges start flying of McCarthyism!!! Cuban Crackpot-ism!!!, etc. etc. etc. check all the links I provide here.

“In 1998, a comprehensive review by the U.S. intelligence community concluded that Cuba does not pose a threat to U.S. national security, which implies that Cuba no longer sponsors terrorism.” Thus pronounces the Council on Foreign Relations.

Folks, in the year of our lord 2010 it’s not exactly a secret that this “comprehensive review” was known as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s “National Intelligence Estimate on Cuba” –and was authored by Ana Belen Montes.

“Castro poses no significant threat to the U.S. or any of its hemispheric neighbors. No evidence exists that that Cuba is trying to foment any instability in the Western Hemisphere.”

Need we mention who’s the Council on Foreign Relations resident “Cuba Expert”, (Julia Sweig.)

Need we mention what Lieut Col. Christopher Simmons (with a key role in nabbing Montes) revealed regarding Julia Sweig?




4 thoughts on “Council on Foreign Relations (STILL!) relies on Ana Montes for Cuba info.

  1. Well, it doesn’t really matter, does it? I mean, why spend time, effort and money on a new, accurate review, when there’s one already handy? It’s just Cuba, after all. No biggie. Besides, that’d be too inconvenient just now, what with all the, uh, positive developments afoot.

  2. CFR knows better but Cato Institute uses it too in their Congressional Handbook. I e-mailed them years ago to protest. They did write back almost immediately but justified their decision to keep using the report under some nebulous grounds that I have long forgotten.

    Don’t even get me started on the sainted Lt. Col. Simmons again, you know that always sends me into a tizzy.

  3. They should really replace Sweig with a radical Islamist of Iranian origin as the go-to Cuba expert. Might as well, and it would obviously be in keeping with the, uh, unassailable UN-type logic of having Cuba as an arbiter of human rights.

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