Cuba Calls US Submarine at Guantanamo Bay an ‘Escalation’

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The Facts

  • Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday decried the presence of a nuclear-powered submarine at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, calling it a “provocative escalation.” The submarine was reportedly there Wednesday through Saturday.

  • A statement from the Foreign Ministry said: “the presence of a nuclear submarine there at this moment makes it imperative to wonder what is the military reason behind this action in this peaceful region of the world.”

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

The US is continuing to violate the sovereign rights of Cuba. It’s bad enough that it has occupied a small portion of the island to run a prison known for violating human rights for more than a century, but now it’s sending a nuclear submarine into Cuba’s territory. The US must show more respect for Cuba's sovereignty.

Pro-establishment narrative

There’s nothing for Cuba to complain about. The US has a naval base on the island and the submarine was there legally. The US will continue to move military assets wherever appropriate and always in compliance with international law.

Nerd narrative

There is a 50% chance that US will close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp by March 2031, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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