An excellent “committee report” has just been released by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee majority staff that condemns the operations and management of Radio and TV Marti.
The Cable‘s Josh Rogin at Foreign Policy got the scoop — so read the whole story, but here were my own comments as captured by Rogin:
“Radio and TV Marti have been more about employing embargo proponents, paralyzing US-Cuban relations and perpetuating an anachronistic Cold War standoff than they have been about furthering American interests or triggering change in Cuba,” said Steve Clemons, foreign policy head at the New America Foundation, “Barack Obama voted against these programs in the Senate because he said they ‘don’t work’ and it’s commendable that the Senator Kerry and his team are shining a spotlight on the corruption and incompetence embedded in these programs.”
I remembered President Obama’s vote against funding for these operations on the basis that they didn’t work — and found his posture on this refreshingly correct.
— Steve Clemons