Yoani Sánchez and Barack Obama in the echo chamber

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Obama’s Best Response to Yoani Sánchez Español

M.H. Lagarde

Translation: Machetera

If anyone is still in doubt about the path of this media freak show that’s come to be known as Yoani Sánchez, the interview that President Barack Obama ended up granting the Cuban mercenary should dispel all suspicions.

It’s pretty surprising that the president of the world’s foremost power, who right now has a war going on two fronts, who faces the opposition of the most reactionary right-wing in the United States due to his proposal to reform the healthcare system, who’s incapable of reducing unemployment generated by the economic crisis, who’s barely said a word about the coup d’etat in Honduras and sows discord between Colombia and Venezuela through new U.S. military bases, should make a hole in his very busy schedule of touring and appearances to answer the questions of a Cuban mercenary blogger.

It would be naïve to ask oneself this time if the President of the United States knows who he’s dealing with.  If Obama knows that the blogger with whom he’s wasting his precious time dedicates herself to manipulating, with subversive intentions, children in Cuban churches.  Or if he knows that the mercenary is an irredeemable liar.

If this is not a new farce by the blogger, the only possible explanation for Obama condescending to this interview is that he received, through the intelligence services of his country, the recommendation that he respond to the blogger’s questionnaire, in order to endorse the “dissident” of the moment in Cuba.

Racket or no, this has been the best response from Obama to Yoani Sánchez, because it makes it perfectly clear where this clownish media toy who is our mercenary blogger was created.  By granting her an interview, the President of the United States has put an end to the complicated subterfuges of using third countries such as Spain, Poland, Germany, etc., in order to mask what now is more than obvious: the fact that the mercenary is a puppet made in Langley’s propaganda laboratories, a genuine Made-in-the-U.S.A. product.

With this gesture, Obama legitimizes the so-called Plan Bush to topple the Cuban revolution, and makes it his own.  Coming out of the closet, the U.S. leader makes it clear that, despite his smiles, his Fred Astaire moves and even his wit, nothing has changed, nor will it change, in respect to Washington’s politics toward Cuba.

Machetera is a member of Tlaxcala, the network of translators for linguistic diversity. This translation may be reprinted as long as the content remains unaltered, and the source, author, and translator are cited.

6 responses to “Yoani Sánchez and Barack Obama in the echo chamber

  1. All of a sudden, Obama is interested in what Yoani Sanchez has to say? She feeds the masses with ignorance and stupidity, everything Yoani Sanchez utters is in the direction of panic, fear, and paranoia. The only proof the president of the United States gave us is the stamped seal of semblance of truth.

  2. It seems to me that Yoani is making a fool out of everyone but you. However what gets me about her is that its a media circus with her, as if she is the poor little blogger that could.

    I assume that eventually she will come to the United States and receive the Medal of Freedom by Obama, who is also either fooled by her or knows in advance that she is a tool of the CIA’s continuing efforts to make Cuba out to be worse than it is. We pretty much know that Cuba has the right model for many things the United States can’t get right, so it amazes me that the United States tries to keep that hidden by bashing Cuba anytime the United States get the chance. And what better chance do they now have than with Yoani the so called freedom blogger from Cuba?

    I wonder if she hates Cuba so much why doesn’t she just get on a shrimp boat and swim her ass to the so called freedom she wishes she could have in the United States? It wouldn’t be that hard for her to leave, and I am sure Fidel would be glad to be rid of her, yet, she persists in staying and complaining of ill treatment at the hands of Cubans that probably know her and know better.

    It is fallacy to believe in her, yet because Arianna Huffington gave her a shot at writing, she now commands respect in the blogging world.

    I am truly sick of her bullshit and wish nothing more than for her to leave Cuba and get her medals and various book and movie deals that will surely be forthcoming and then to fade into history. But, she persists in staying, maybe because she does what she does best by staying there; which is spying on Cubans and Fidel.

    How can anyone be so blind as to not see what her game is?

    Why doesn’t Fidel boot her ass out or put her on a shrimp boat or a go-fast wooden plank and let her swim to her freedom while blogging about it at the same time? I can see it now,

    Yoani here, I am blogging 56 miles away from freedom in the water. Boy, I am getting seasick, but as soon as I land on US soil I will be welcomed by the hordes and masses of right wing extremist Cubans who will give me a 2 million dollar mansion to live in and hundreds, if not thousands, of bodyguards to keep me safe from the repression I have suffered from for so long.

    Just think of it, if only I can make it….48 miles to go..Yoani…P.S. This boat trip will go up on Youtube as soon as my satcom provided by the NED gets a signal…Oh the bandwidth I shall take up as soon as I see some bars on my satphone…Yoani..

    Oh, one more thing, I want to go shoe shopping when I land, I saw where they had a nice pair of shoes for 2000.00 USD on sale at SAKS..44 Miles to go…

    Update; I saw some snorkels in the water 5 minutes ago. I didn’t have my HD camera ready so I can’t take pictures of the Cuban spies in the water trying to keep me from the United States, but just to let you know they had clubs and a sign that said I will never make it…38 miles to go…

  3. The words posted here do not even qualify as drivel because that would mean giving drivel a bad name. Flailing around as you do; looking for ways to short circuit what you cannot control; hurling insults at the Cuban bloggers; all of this speaks volumes about the fear these brave people instill in cowards like you. Keep it up, keep drawing attention to them, the more the better. Oh, and “Machetera,” I note that you have not responded to my question. Is that how you deal with dissent? Ignore it and move on? Why not kidnap me, shove me into a car beat me up like what your chums did to Yoani? In case you did not hear me the first time: Prove your assertions or crawl back under your rock.

    • Oh Hank. I have learned from long experience that there is nothing that bothers a troll more than being ignored, but I didn’t exactly ignore you. I posted a reference to a previous post where I advised readers that if they could not comment intelligibly, they would be referred back to my original warning. Your comment was unintelligible in the sense that if you had read what I had already written, you wouldn’t be raising such silly questions, merely as a provocation – the unmistakable mark of a troll.

      But I understand that some people have reading difficulties – perhaps I was too impatient with you.

      Please re-read the material previously posted (and posted since then – see Nelson Valdes’s excellent piece on Broadband and Other Such Matters). Take your time. An ordinary blogger could not maintain the multiple servers and bandwidth that a project like Yoani’s would require in order to handle the heavy incoming traffic, viruses, Trojans and random Google blocking that regularly disable other political blogs – you need professional system administrators but above all you need money, more money than a blogger who claims to live by guiding tourists and giving Spanish lessons in Cuba would have access to. If Yoani’s donation process is so innocent, why isn’t it more transparent? Doesn’t that make you wonder? What would you like from me? An endorsed hand-cancelled check from Langley? You should be asking Yoani. Why does she use a server in Germany (out of the thousands of possibilities worldwide) that doesn’t post its pricelist and appears geared toward industrial scale web applications? Why does she censor and refuse to respond to reasonable, polite questions about that? http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Soc/soc.culture.cuba/2009-11/msg00748.html Don’t you think that’s curious? On the other hand, since you are writing from Washington D.C. what are your own motives? I’ll have no more talk of crawling out from under rocks from someone who lives in that ghastly place. It is not dissent that is the problem here but civility.

  4. Thank you for your response, Machetera. You did not have to do that in light of my insults, which I readily acknowledge. Please accept my apologies.

    I compliment you on your writing.

    In the meantime, can you please facilitate some communication betwee these two camps? Will Raul answer these innocent questions? Obama gave his answers, will Raul give his?

    Questions for Raúl Castro, president of Cuba:

    1. What negative influences on the ideological structure of the Cuban revolution might there be from an eventual improvement in relations with the United States?

    2. You have demonstrated on several occasions your willingness to talk with the American government. Are you alone in this proposition? Have you discussed it with the other members of the Politburo to convince them of the need to talk? Does your brother Fidel Castro agree with regards to ending the conflict between the two governments?

    3. You are seated at a table opposite Obama. What are the three major achievements you would wish to get from that conversation? What do you think would be the three major achievements that the American side would wish to get?

    4. Can you list the concrete advantages the Cuban people would have in the present and in the future, if this long dispute between the two governments ended?

    5. If the American side wanted to include a round of negotiations with the Cuban community in exile, members of opposition parties within the Island, and representatives of civil society, would you accept that proposal?

    6. Do you think there is a real possibility that the current United States government would opt to use military force against Cuba?

    Questions for Barack Obama, president of the United States:

    1. For years Cuba has been a U.S. foreign policy issue as well as a domestic one, in particular because of the large Cuban American community. From your perspective, in which of the two categories should the Cuban issue fit?

    2. Should your administration be willing to put an end to this dispute, would it recognize the legitimacy of the Raul Castro government as the only valid interlocutor in the eventual talks?

    3. Has the U.S. government renounced the use of military force as a way to end the dispute?

    4. Raúl Castro has said publicly that he is open to discuss any topic with the U.S. provided there is mutual respect and a level playing field. Is Raúl asking too much?

    5. In a hypothetical U.S.- Cuba dialog, would you entertain participation from the Cuban exile community, the Cuba-based opposition groups and nascent Cuban civil society groups?

    6. You strongly support the development of new communication and information technologies. But, Cubans continue to have limited access to the internet. How much of this is due to the U.S. embargo and how much of it is the responsibility of the Cuban government?

    7. Would you be willing to travel to our country?

  5. Let me take a jab at these questions..Not that I have any real meaning other than to myself, but still I would like to answer them.

    1. What negative influences on the ideological structure of the Cuban revolution might there be from an eventual improvement in relations with the United States?

    Look, the United States has what that is of interest to the Cuban people? Their mafias, their corruptions, their morals, which state that the best in life that one can achieve is to be a consumer? What does Cuba want with the United States? I would say nothing. Cuba has shown it has never needed anything from the United States. What it did have with Batista was the Mafia, the Casinos, and rampant crime that always comes with the mafia and casinos. Corruption was also rampant, and every corporation of any rate that wanted access to Cuba was willing to continue that corruption to have that access.

    As for negative influences, Cuba has done well without those corrupt influences that come with being a neighbor and friend of the United States. So I would venture a guess that Cuba would be severely impacted by any relations with the United States.

    2. You have demonstrated on several occasions your willingness to talk with the American government. Are you alone in this proposition? Have you discussed it with the other members of the Politburo to convince them of the need to talk? Does your brother Fidel Castro agree with regards to ending the conflict between the two governments?

    Talk? Hey, sure, people can talk. Hello, how you doing? Good and you? Fine, fine. Great, talk to you later then. Sure no problem, see ya when I see ya. As for conflicts, the United States started that, and continued it. It isn’t the fault of Cuba or Fidel what the United States has tried to do to it for 40 years. So I would say that the conflict is all on Big Brother USA and not on anyone in Cuba.

    3. You are seated at a table opposite Obama. What are the three major achievements you would wish to get from that conversation? What do you think would be the three major achievements that the American side would wish to get?

    Screw Obama. You act like he is some God of Peace. He isn’t, we have seen that with how he treated the coup in Honduras. Obama is a puppet of the shadow government that has been in power since Fidel came into power. It is called the Military Industrial Complex. And those days have not changed. As for any achievements, hey, have a cubano and sit back and talk about the future of the world. As for seeing anything concrete, see the Generals, since they run the real show, and for now they don’t really want to talk or offer anything concrete to Cuba.

    4. Can you list the concrete advantages the Cuban people would have in the present and in the future, if this long dispute between the two governments ended?

    None. What the United States wants is for Cubans to act like them, to be living at shopping malls, and consuming burgers and fries daily, and to live the life of a consumerist consuming everything in sight to keep the Chinese happy. Advantages? None at all. Who in their right mind would want to be a greedy capitalist living to consume everything around him including all the bodies he climbed over and or killed to get to the top?

    The only advantage Cuba has is to stay away from those greedy Pac-Men in suits, and never allow any of them to contaminate the revolucion…

    5. If the American side wanted to include a round of negotiations with the Cuban community in exile, members of opposition parties within the Island, and representatives of civil society, would you accept that proposal?

    No. Those right wing extremists wanted out of Cuba. They were let go, and lucky for them they didn’t languish in a cuban prison for betrayal to the revolucion.

    6. Do you think there is a real possibility that the current United States government would opt to use military force against Cuba?

    No, because Cubans would beat them down like they did at the Bay of Pigs.

    Questions for Barack Obama, president of the United States:

    1. For years Cuba has been a U.S. foreign policy issue as well as a domestic one, in particular because of the large Cuban American community. From your perspective, in which of the two categories should the Cuban issue fit?

    Large community of traitors and pigs you mean?

    Obama would say, let’s talk, and talk, and talk some more. Obama wants to build a consensus from everyone involved, and then will side with whomever picks Obama Mama up and throws him into the mud. Obama is weak, he takes orders. That is all he is good for.

    2. Should your administration be willing to put an end to this dispute, would it recognize the legitimacy of the Raul Castro government as the only valid interlocutor in the eventual talks?

    Obama would want to “talk” about that, but real power lies in the hands of the generals that control him.

    3. Has the U.S. government renounced the use of military force as a way to end the dispute?

    Generals renouncing military force? Never heard of it….You?

    4. Raúl Castro has said publicly that he is open to discuss any topic with the U.S. provided there is mutual respect and a level playing field. Is Raúl asking too much?

    Well, maybe, but let’s talk, and while we are at it, can we borrow your military bases? You see we have this drug problem we want to solve called the war on drugs, and we need to bust a cap in those dealers down south, and while we are at it, freeze out Chavez and Lula and anyone else that gets out of line.

    Raul asking too much? Hey, why talk at all? Cubans don’t need the United States, the United States needs Cuba, and so far Cuba isn’t listening nor easily fooled.

    5. In a hypothetical U.S.- Cuba dialog, would you entertain participation from the Cuban exile community, the Cuba-based opposition groups and nascent Cuban civil society groups?

    Dialog with Traitors? I think not…

    6. You strongly support the development of new communication and information technologies. But, Cubans continue to have limited access to the internet. How much of this is due to the U.S. embargo and how much of it is the responsibility of the Cuban government?

    Screw the internet. It’s filled with all manner of screwy people like Yoani Sanchez and other scammers of her ilk. The only thing the internet is good for is porn, and these days it isn’t getting any better, just worse. The rest of the internet is something Cuba really doesn’t need, because everywhere the internet goes people lose their identity, their souls, and their lives.

    Screw technology…

    Cuba has done fine without it.

    7. Would you be willing to travel to our country?

    Why? What do you have that Cuba doesn’t have already?

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