As faithful readers know, occasionally I’ll elevate a letter from the comment section to a post of its own, if it merits a point by point response. The writer of this particular letter, a certain Matt Lawrence, writing from an email address created in homage to the amusing name of his “fictional” pilot character, Trig Combs, has begun copying and pasting his letter not only to Machetera but to other solidarity activists writing on behalf of the Cuban Five. Copying and pasting is sheer laziness – if you’re going to defend terrorists like Brothers to the Rescue, the least you can do is try to be original – but then again, that camp has never been known for its excess of brainpower. (Note to Lawrence: hangar is spelled with an “a” unless it’s the kind you put in your closet.)
Lawrence’s primary purpose in writing appears to be to hawk his book. To borrow Obama’s pet phrase, let me be clear. That’s not going to happen here. His secondary purpose is to smear the courageous Cuban Five. That’s really not going to happen here.
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