Raul Castro wants to trade prisoners with the US. He made the offer while visiting Brazil:

Answering a reporter’s question about political prisoners in Cuba, Castro said he would consider releasing some as a gesture to opening talks with the new administration.

But he said the U.S. government would need to reciprocate.

“Let’s make a gesture for a gesture,” said Castro, who took over in February from his ailing brother, Fidel. “We will send those prisoners you talk about (to the United States) with their families. But give us back our five heroes.”

The Cuban president referred to the so-called “Cuban Five,” who were convicted in 2001 in Miami on espionage charges and are lionized by the Havana government as heroes.

Bush needs to make this deal before he leaves office.

He can pull this off at the eleventh hour, and have the news covering the release of people like Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and founder of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet by the week before the Inauguration.

The mental image of a newly-sworn in President Obama meeting Biscet (and any number of additional dissidents included in the deal) on the tarmac at Andrews, has “Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Barack Obama” written all over it.

Bush gives up five worthless scumbags, and we get a free Oscar Biscet standing next to W at the press conference welcoming the Human Rights prize winner to America days before the Obamassiah’s ascension?

That’s not a fair exchange.

The GOP needs to own this story.