Jul 30/05 - On a historic enemy's reaction to personnel changes at State Department
Having said this, If Caleb McCarry's appointment to head the "Cuba Transition" effort at State was merely an attempt by Bush-Rice to placate some in
PS: I forgot to mention that I will miss Noriega for exactly the same reasons Alarcon mentioned and because I subscribe entirely with Riordan Roett's (head of the Western Hemisphere program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies) quote in yesterday's Miami Herald; he said that Noriega was ``an individual clearly marked by his ideological preference, he inspired little confidence in South America, an area about which he knew little and learned less during his tenure.' Impossible to say it more succinctly.....
July 30 2005
Cuban official dismisses personnel changes
Roger Noriega, head of the bureau, is expected to leave the State Department soon, and Caleb McCarry, a veteran congressional staff expert on Latin America, was appointed to a new post aimed at preparing for a peaceful transition to democracy in
The adjustments "will not change anything in the relations" between the two countries, Alarcon told reporters during a meeting with American activists in
Alarcon joked that Noriega, who consistently takes a hard-line stance against
"I'm going to miss him a lot if he doesn't appear before cameras talking, saying dumb things. He's really a very funny person," he said.
Noriega is to be replaced by Thomas Shannon, a career diplomat and
Alarcon was meeting with Pastors for Peace, a humanitarian group from the