It has given the opposition party in Spain, Partido Popular, plenty of ammunition against the ruling Socialist party. In a news conference Mariano Rajoy of the PP, expressed his displeasure at the Zapatero government’s expressed support of the “new” regime in Havana saying that the move was myopic and that it had alienated Spain form the freedom and democracy loving people of Cuba.
What did Rajoy mean by myopic? Well, he added that Spain could not afford to loose the love and respect of the Cuban people that someday soon would be the masters of their own destiny. He’s right Cubans have long memories, lots of pride and are loyal to a fault. How do you say Buh-Bye, Melia? P’al Carajo?
Rajoy also added that his party is against the succession currently taking place in Cuba and that they supported a transition to democracy.
Meanwhile, the Zapatero government is getting a little heat from a certain world power. In a Luxembourg press conference, reporters, asked Moratinos about being called to task by the US State Department as to why he ignored dissident calls for a meeting, Moratinos responded that Spain had been in touch with American diplomats before, during and after his trip to Havana. I would guess especially after, since Trinidad Jiménez, Spanish Secretary of State for Latin America, will be traveling to Washington to personally esplain to Thomas Shannon the purpose, scope and result of the now infamous Moratinos trip to Havana.
Trini has a lotta esplainin to do.