Just a day or so after the horrific Taliban school massacre in Pakistan, the Obama administration announced it is fast-tracking diplomatic relations with Cuba, including ending economic sanctions and a trade embargo, and exchanging Cuban spies for imprisoned American Alan Gross.
Once again, the administration has made a major announcement (and suddenly embraced a drastic change of policy) completely out of the blue, as if to bombard us with so many new developments, we won’t be able to process the blizzard of incompetent fiascos coming our way courtesy of the Community-Organizer-in-Chief. Indeed, for many months now, it’s been such a nonstop shit-storm, my head is spinning. It will take decades to assess the damage.
I have mixed emotions about this move, and I simply don’t know whether continuing the embargo weakens the Castro brothers’ dictatorship or, as opponents of the embargo have long maintained, it only hurts the people. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, both of whose parents came to the United States from Cuba in the 1950s, have lambasted the president.
My sense is that better Internet infrastructure, free trade and more consumerism will open the ignorant Cubans’ eyes and ears to how severely they’ve been deceived all these years, and once the brothers Castro kick the bucket, it may be impossible for the new Cuban rulers to continue with business-as-usual oppression (see the Soviet Union, 1989-93).
Of course, the natural reaction to something like this, given Barack Obama’s leftist track record, is to perceive him as sucking up to the commies and doing something to make America look weak. That may well be a factor, but methinks the almighty dollar and pressure from Republicans and Democrats alike prompted this move.
Politicians of both parties respond to big money interests. The Obama administration has been chock-full of Wall Street insiders from day one, and has done more than any previous administration to shovel trillions into the Wall Street money pit. The GOP is an arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and also could care less about human rights or making a deal with the devil (the Castro brothers) to line pockets and campaign coffers. Ending economic sanctions and opening up tourism in Cuba means big bucks for American hotel and restaurant chains, airlines and businesses such as auto companies seeking new customers in a new market.
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: The American embargo and sanctions are NOT why Cuba’s economy has been in the toilet and its people living in squalor for 50 years. Many other nations have had free and open trade with Cuba since Castro took over. The economic misery is caused by Cuba’s bullheaded obsession with walking the socialist/commie line, aka, government command-and-control of the economy.
Regrettably, our nation has moved more in this dysfunctional direction under the “leadership” of the celebrity-in-chief. There are far too many people in this world who actually believe that elites from academia or lifelong government servants are smarter, wiser and more perceptive than the average rube, and know what’s best for us.
They honestly think the unwashed masses are too stupid, ignorant and simple-minded to know how to run their own lives. Their ilk has succeeded in permeating our K-12 schools and higher ed, teaching distorted "history" and failing to inform of true horrors perpetrated by governments. Consequently, millions of dunderhead 20-somethings think it’s cool to walk around wearing Che Guevara T-shirts, totally unaware that Guevara was a bigoted, mean-spirited, violent thug who executed gays, Catholics and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The United States has no qualms about trading with China and Saudi Arabia, among other nations with horrible human rights records. So the notion that we ought to steadfastly oppose open trade and relations with Cuba because of the torture and tyranny advocated by the scumbag Castros really rings hollow.
I don’t know if there is a good way to hasten the demise of the vicious, heartless Castro regime. Perhaps the passage of time will help this sick nation heal after its monster leaders have gone on to their judgment. Let us hope so.