Miami- The situation in the harbor resembles what Dunkirk must have looked like in June, 1941. Except for the Germans, that is. A flotilla of ships is assembling and preparing for a 90 mile voyage to Cuba. It remains unclear what awaits the "Freedom Flotilla" at its destination, however. Raul Castro, brother and successor to President Fidel Castro, has been consolidating power since the death of his brother early this morning. Although there are reports of discontent on the island, it is believed that the army remains loyal. Moreover, the Exile cause has never been popular with the people of Cuba.
The US government has thus far avoided comment on the "Freedom Flotilla". The United States Navy is building up its presence in the Caribbean, having assembled three aircraft carrier battlegroups and one expeditionary battlegroup in the region. However, the United States has refused to endorse the Freedom Flotilla, and some believe that a struggle may be developing in the Bush administration over the proper response to events in Cuba and Miami.
Members of the exile community remain excited, however. Carlos Gonzales, a second generation Cuban exile, said that "I have waited all my life for an opportunity to return to my homeland. I am sure that the people of Cuba will welcome us with open arms." For its part, the Castro government has denounced the United States for "sponsoring an exile invasion" of Cuba, and has tried to link the current situation to the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961.