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Unformatted text preview: oss's freedom, but , to boot, former Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela was forced to sit through a humiliating meeting with Cuban officials ranting about all the dictatorship's grievances against the United States. As the article puts it, "The Cubans were far less flexible than the Americans expected." (One doesn't know whether to laugh or cry.)¶ The central figure in this drama of high diplomacy is one Fulton Armstrong, a controversial former CIA analyst who began a second career as a staffer for Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (DMA). (Today, he is affiliated with American University.) Armstrong was such an unabashed promoter of U.S.
Cuba normalization in the interagency process that he was shipped off to Europe during the Bush 43 administration, although not before playing a role in trying to scuttle John Bolton's nomination to serve as U.S. representative to the United Nations. ¶ Apparently, Armstrong was enlisted by the administration to serve as a gobetween with the Castro regime, no doubt due to the fact that he was a "friendly face" in the eyes of the Cu...
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- Summer '12