Miami mayor Francis Suarez said the U.S. should consider bombing Cuba as part of its response to recent citizen uprisings in the country against its government.
In a Tuesday interview with Fox News, Suarez noted a brief history of U.S. involvement in overturning foreign leaders. His history mentioned the U.S. airstrikes in Kosovo during the country’s 1999 humanitarian crisis.
“Are you suggesting airstrikes in Cuba?” Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum asked Suarez.
“What I’m suggesting is that option is one that has to be explored and cannot be just simply discarded as an option that is not on the table,” Suarez answered. “And there’s a variety of ways the military can do it.”
He added that bombing was just one of “a variety of other options that can be discussed.” He also said that he and other elected officials sympathize with the Cuban protesters after seeing images of them “risking their lives, protesting in the streets.”
“I never suggested bombing Cuba,” Suarez told Newsweek in a statement. “What I’ve been saying is that for the first time in decades, we see the Cuban people on the streets demanding freedom. We have the moral obligation of standing with them. And that means that the United States needs to intervene. It is a matter of national security to us.”
“I don’t understand why is it so controversial now to explore the possibility,” his statement continued. “Why so many in this country are not willing to publicly condemn the murders of the communist regime is something I cannot understand.”
His statement mentioned that military intervention and humanitarian aid are two other possible ways for the U.S. to intervene.
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