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Back Channel To CubaThe Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana$
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William M. LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469626604

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626604.001.0001

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George W. Bush

George W. Bush

Turning Back the Clock

(p.345) 8. George W. Bush
Back Channel To Cuba

William M. LeoGrande

Peter Kornbluh

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores President George W. Bush’s policy toward Cuba and Latin America in general. Against the backdrop of the war in Iraq and U.S. military operations in the name of freedom, “regime change” remained the unwavering objective of U.S. policy during Bush’s presidency. Convinced that stepped-up economic pressure and aid to Cuban dissidents would collapse the regime despite fifty years of experience to the contrary, Bush’s foreign policy team had no interest in dialogue with a government they were confident they could eliminate. The task of sustaining engagement with the island over the next eight years would thus fall to others. Bush’s uncompromising policy was rooted not only in the messianic Wilsonianism of his foreign policy but also in his close ties to Miami’s most conservative Cuban Americans.

Keywords:   George W. Bush, Bush’s policy, foreign policy, regime change, Bush’s presidency, Cuban Americans

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