From George Gedda at Forbes: White House Ready to Help Cuba.
With Cuban President Fidel Castro ailing, the Bush administration said the United States is prepared to support a democratic transition on the island.Here's Bush:
Castro, who underwent surgery for an intestinal problem, surrendered power temporarily to his brother, Raul, No. 2 in the chain of command.
White House press secretary Tony Snow said there are no plans to reach out to Raul Castro.
"Raul Castro's attempt to impose himself on the Cuban people is much the same as what his brother did," Snow said. "The one thing that this president has talked about from the very beginning is his hope for the Cuban people, finally, to enjoy the fruits of freedom and democracy."
Snow added: "The one thing we want to do to is to continue to assure the people of Cuba that we stand ready to help."
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States has no doubt that the Cuban people are weary of communist rule after 47 years and are eager to choose their leaders rather than having them imposed on the country.
If Fidel Castro were to move on because of natural causes, we've got a plan in place to help the people of Cuba understand there's a better way than the system in which they've been living under.Sic.