A History Lesson for Ron Paul

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Ron Paul, in an exasperated tone during the Iowa debates, said: “All these trade sanctions!…This is why we still don’t have a trade relationship with Cuba.”

Ground Control to candidate Paul: according to figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. has transacted almost $4 billion in trade with Cuba over the past decade. Up until two years ago the U.S. served as Stalinist Cuba’s biggest food supplier and fifth biggest import partner. We’ve fallen a few notches recently, but we’re still in the top half. Furthermore, the U.S. has been Castro-controlled Cuba’s biggest donor of humanitarian aid, including medicine and medical supplies, for decades.

Ground Control to candidate Paul: For over a decade, the so-called U.S. embargo has merely stipulated that Castro’s Stalinist regime pay cash up front through a third–party bank for all U.S. agricultural products; no Ex-Im (U.S. taxpayer) financing of such sales. (You’d really, really think a libertarian would approve of this.) Enacted by the Bush team in 2001, this cash-up-front policy has kept the U.S. taxpayer among the few in the world not screwed and tattooed by Fidel Castro. Here are a few other items candidate Paul might keep in mind before any campaign stops (especially in Florida):

Per-capita-wise, Cuba qualifies as the world’s biggest debtor nation with a foreign debt of close to $50 billion, a credit–rating nudging Somalia’s, and an uninterrupted record of defaults. Standard & Poor’s refuses even to rate Cuba, viewing the economic figures released by the regime apparatchiks as utterly bogus.

Ron Paul in an exasperated tone during the Iowa debates also said: “It’s about time we start talking to Cuba!”

Ground Control to candidate Paul: In fact “we” (the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency) started engaging with Fidel Castro before he was even in “office.” To wit:

“Me and my staff were all Fidelistas” (Robert Reynolds, the CIA’s “Caribbean Desk’s specialist on the Cuban Revolution” from 1957-1960).

“Everyone in the CIA and everyone at State was pro-Castro, except [Republican] ambassador Earl Smith” (CIA operative in Santiago Cuba, Robert Weicha).

Their advice was taken, and January 7, 1959 thus marks a milestone in U.S. diplomatic history. Never before had “we” (the U.S. State Department) extended diplomatic recognition to a Latin American government as quickly as we bestowed this benediction on Fidel Castro’s that day.

Nothing so frantically fast had been bestowed upon “U.S.-backed Fulgencio Batista seven years earlier. Batista had in fact been punished by a U.S. arms embargo and heavy diplomatic pressure to resign for a year. Batista was subsequently denied exile in the U.S. and not even allowed to set foot in the country that “backed” him.

In fact, during Castro’s first 16 months in power, “we” (the U.S. State Department) made over 10 back-channel diplomatic attempts to ascertain the cause of Castro’s tantrums and further “engage” him. Argentine President Arturo Frondizi was the conduit for many of these and recounts their utter futility in his memoirs.

The result of all of this Cuban engagement? Here’s a brief list.

Result: In July 1960, Castro’s KGB-trained security forces stormed into 5,911 U.S.-owned businesses in Cuba and stole them all at Soviet gunpoint – $2 billion were heisted from outraged U.S. businessmen and stockholders. Not that all Americans surrendered their legal and hard-earned property peacefully. Among some who resisted were Bobby Fuller, whose family farm would contribute to a Soviet-style Kolkhoze, and Howard Anderson, whose profitable Jeep dealership was coveted by Castro’s henchmen. Both U.S. citizens were murdered by Castro and Che’s firing squads.

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  • Greg

    Oh my god, it isn't 1960 anymore Humberto, and you even admitted, there ARE still trade restrictions with Cuba. This doesn't even touch on tourism, which is another form of trade. That would be a huge industry, benefitting both Cuba and American citizens! Paul would engage in diplomacy and remove the hostility associated with our flawed trade policy in Cuba. Paul has demonstrated time and time again that he is the last person to need a history lesson, and this is no exception.

    • Peter

      As I understand it, almost the entire Cuban tourist industry (resorts, etc.) is owned by various military and communist party bosses. That's who you'd be helping.

      • Greg

        "As you understand it." Lol… So let me get this straight, you would rather just send these "party bosses" aid than make them provide a service for it, which would open up a new economy and create jobs in the region? Well, we ARE sending them aid, which Ron Paul is against. I always see the funniest arguments against free trade… but there really are none. You are not servicing Americans nor Cubans by isolating their country from trade, and yet sending billions in aid to the region which DOES NOT HAVE TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR. These are basic principles of economics; trade always benefits both parties. Nice try though.

    • Light

      Oh my God Greg, you are a flaming idiot.

      • Greg

        Solid argument Light. If this is the best response you've got, I really don't see why you bothered to comment.

    • ConservativeVa

      paul has demonstrated he as the current commie gov we have will do business with anyone! hes a bum!

      • Greg

        Could you be any less educated?…

  • Dangler

    Funny, I still can't legally buy a Cuban cigar or vacation in Cuba…something that might actually help the rank and file……but it's quite alright for our crooked government to send their crooked billions.

    • BS77

      Funny how we trade in the trillions with Communist China, but Cuba is off limits. Weird.

      • davarino

        That is such a great point. I dont understand why more people dont get that. We trade with China whos workers are not free to demand higher wages. This is not fair or free trade.

    • SoCalMike

      You can't? I get them all the time here in So Cal. They smoke great too.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    help us fight the machine
    rage against the machine

    Bob Seger System "2plus2" w/ Vietnam footage

  • Andron

    Completely misses the point…

    Free trade benefits both countries, it grows weath for both.
    Cuba growing wealthier is a good thing for the US because it means they will engage in more trade and thus further grow US wealth.

    Fredrich Bastiat once said: "When goods and services cannot cross boarders, soldiers do"… The more entangled you are with a country in trade, the more expensive it would be to engage in war!… thats why trade is so powerful.
    Do you think China would talk about invading the US? They would be hit just as hard from the loss in trade… imagine if you had that sort of tie with Iran… what threat would they pose?

  • Aj187

    Yeah, but were not allowed to import anything from them. That's no where close to the free trade and just goes to show that even these outdated stereotypes the establishment put upon us about the fear of communism is just as fabricated as those about terrorism. Ron Paul 2012!!!!!

  • tired

    4b is very littlein that time frame when looking att he size of both economies (relatively).
    A US citizen unless they have some reason like family etc, can barely visit Cuba.
    The US for some reason is Pro China and Anti-Cuba. China is the world;'s largest communist regime with all sorts of human rights abuses.

  • Will

    Lol what a bad hit piece. Some trade =/= Free trade. Is this really the best point you could find when choosing what subject to ridicule Paul on? Learn to write buddy.

  • Daniel R Parisi

    $4 billion dollars over the last decade? $400 millin per year? You idiot. (I'm speaking to the author and his stupidity in failing to realize that an average of $400 million per year is nothing in today's economy)

  • Tim

    Cuba is not free! Ron Paul is right. This article is just something to fill space and attract visitor traffic. Thumbs down!

  • David

    I hope Iowa don't buy into this rubbish. We with our oppressive foreign policy have empowered Castro. By proving we were out to hurt the people of Cuba by cutting them off from the rest of the world.

  • http://wyattstorchblog.com Robert Taft Fan

    This is article is grossly misinformed. Government aid to Cuba does not count as free trade. To believe that we need any government aid to any country in order to have relationships with them, or that aid constitutes a good relationship, is preposterous. And have you ever stopped to wonder how a leader who has completely starved his people is able to stay in power? Have you considered that the US-Embargo is the Cuban government's best asset in maintaining power. Do you also know that Fidel Castro is no longer in charge of Cuba is quite possibly dead? His brother has taken over but the Cuban regime could very well be severely weakened by an influx of capital investment from the United States. At the very least, it would finally provide some measure of wealth and trade to the starving Cuban people. Ron Paul is the only candidate who understands the real consequences of free-market economics or the lack thereof. This article should be condemned as a completely inaccurate attack on Ron Paul.

    • AntiChe

      Cubans aren't starving, dummy.

    • SoCalMike

      I think you missed the part about regime looting and pillaging.
      That's what the Left does.

  • Eric the Red

    So are you saying we have free trade to Cuba? Ground Control to Major Doosh: we don't!

  • Steve in AZ

    Your article is waaaay off point, dude!

    Just because the Establishment is playing games with Castro doesn't mean we have FREE TRADE!

    Instead whipping up all your HATE and ANGER and directing it at RON PAUL, why don't you turn your wrath on the Insiders doing all this stuff you complain about?

    Don't want to bite the hand that feeds you, eh?

  • DePriest

    What a total piece of moronic blathering.


  • Ann

    Ron Paul is not going to win so don't worry

    • AntiChe

      Yeah, he's kinda like the Republican version of Ralph Nader.

    • mcrobbins

      Isn't it amazing how the Ron Paul Fan Club has swarmed onto this site just because of a negative report. Maybe they need to get a life.

      • potb

        That always surprises me, they are so fanatical. Whenever there is a bad article about RP people swarm onto those websites. It's a cult.

        • AntiChe

          I think this kind of fanboy trolling also gives them an inflated sense of their own numbers. When Ron Paul gets single digit support in the primaries once again, his devoted followers will of course start to grumble about vote rigging and other paranoid conspiracies. I can see it now: "But look at all the posts supporting Dr Paul on the internet? How does this square with the results of the election?"

          • mattrussell1124

            like the trolling you're doing here?

  • Cerrone

    oh Humberto, you cannot be that dumb. what the hell man?

  • K.B.

    This is an obnoxious article. Your points don't point to anything, and you are repetitive with your 'ground control' saying.

  • Author Hammer

    Wow Humberto. What a goon for the Dems who would absolutely hate to have Obama go up against Paul because Paul would kick Obama’s ass. No. You would rather have an easy target like Rombot or Perrier or some other bu11sh!t candidate picked by the liberal media.

    We see your game dude. You’re not going to fool us. You hate Paul because he’s 100% viable, and even registered Democrats will vote for him hugely.

    • TheWaynester

      Idiot. Ron Paul would lose and lose badly to Obama. Currently the RCP average has Obama up by 10 pts. Maybe you should try validating your assumptions before making a fool of yourself in front of God and everyone.

  • james clarkson

    i was once a liberal and i am very disappointed in the path they are setting for themselves.

  • LinuxPerson

    To suggest that the US has a good trade relationship with Cuba is to suggest that the sky isn't blue. Floridians know damn well that this is the case, why do you think Cuban cigars are a virtual black market economy unto themselves in Florida? $4 billion over a decade, largely in aid, doesn't equate to good trade relations. I can't believe you actually pointed that fact out as the entire basis of your argument, laughable!

    Ground control to the author: stop writing articles about subjects you know less than nothing about.

    Ground control to the author: at the very least enroll in a 100 level communications class at your local college.

    Ground control to frontpagemag: publishing hit pieces on Ron Paul to generate more page views is the oldest and most unprofessional trick in the partisan hack playbook.

    • TheWaynester

      Ground control to moronic linux person: the author is a Cuban refugee, has written several books about Castro and Che and has likely forgotten more about his home country than you will ever know. You are just another idiotic Paulista without a clue.

  • Danny

    Ground control to the idiot that wrote this article: WE DO NOT HAVE FREE TRADE WITH CUBA! Ron Paul is talking about free trade, not government aid or government assisted food purchases.

    I own a business retailing two way radios. I am not allowed to sell products to Cuba. I have found art painted by Cuban artists that I would have purchased. I am not allowed to do so.

    You need to do a little more studying before you give anyone a "history lesson".

  • mcrobbins

    Ron Paul has a cult following like the Grateful Dead. His comments about Iran were the most foolish statements I have heard in a long time from any American politician. It far exceeds the crazy things that President Obama has said. Ron Paul's isolationism and gold standard fetish are anachronisms in the 21th century world.

    • Tom

      It's not isolationism, it's noninterventionism. Maybe if you actually investigated his ideas instead of jumping to conclusions after a two hour debate, you could actually learn something about the world.

    • Andy

      Oh really, then you may want to educate yourself on how the CIA overthrew their democratically elected leader in 1953 because he (Mossadegh wanted to nationalize their oil. Do you support this type of intervention? Isolationism? You have to be kidding! Non-Interventionism is completely different. Oh, and you might want to look at inflation since the U.S got off of the gold standard. I suppose you like inflation which is a hidden tax paid to a private bank, the Federal Reserve.

      • Omar

        How about you talk about how the KGB overthrew a democratically-elected leader in Grenada in 1979 because that leader (Sir Eric Gairy) wanted to privatize businesses and liberalize the economy as well as prevent the Soviet occupation of the Caribbean. Besides, Mossadegh wasn't elected. He was appointed by the Iranian parliament, and the Shah (who was already in power) approved and ratified the choice. The coup was plotted by the British intelligence not when Mossadegh centralized the oil companies, but when he started destroying civil liberties, got into a power struggle with the Shah and sought to turn Iran into a Stalinist/Maoist dictatorship allied with the Soviet Union and Communist China. You support anti-Americanism and Communist totalitarianism because you are a totalitarian-loving Stalinist/Maoist who supports oppression Read Dinesh D'Souza's article at Townhall to learn the truth about Iran: http://townhall.com/columnists/dineshdsouza/2007/… .

    • Robert

      If you were not so narrow minded and would actually use some common sense, you would understand, what he said about Iran was right. Some politicians would like to use fear, as they did in Iraq, claiming they had weapons of mass destruction, which they did not. Just as Mr. Paul said that Iran, does not have the capability through air force, or means of using a nuclear bomb against the US. I suppose you would have the US go to war with Iran, and any other country that wants to protect themselves.

      • Joseph Zrnchik

        It was implicitly understood by those who destabilized Iran that it would require the killing of innocent women and children.

        The paragons of virtue, Norman Schwartzkopt Sr. aad Kermit Roosevelt had no problem with that.

        If you rob someone and claim it was necessary because you did not want the guy down the block to rob him before you do, you will deserve and get divine retribution.

        When you steal, you also do harm to yourself. It is a violation of universal law that does not go unpunished. Hence, we have a much farther way to fall before we get what is coming to us.

      • Ghostwriter

        But,what you seem to forget,Robert is that Iran is under the control of religious fanatics who want to wipe out anyone who disagrees with them. That includes us. Maybe you should consider that before you comment.

    • mcrobbins

      Ron Paul's foreign policy is as naive as the pontifications of Code Pink.

      Face it, Ron Paul sank his presidential ambitions last night.

      • GBF

        And, pray, where is Ron Paul wrong in his FP? Is he incorrect about the history of Iran? Is he incorrect about the concept of blowback?

        What, and why, do you think Ron Paul is wrong. A statement like: "Ron Paul's foreign policy is as naive as the pontifications of Code Pink." is delightfully creative but, as an adhominem, it is not an argument.

      • Cerrone

        O’reilly? that’s a laugh. Even by faux standards:

    • GBF

      mcrobbins, I suggest you pick up a book on the history of Iran, who they are, what they've done, and why they have the gov't that they, do before you post.

      if you don't post no one will know you're an ignorant fool. Works wonders with your mouth too.

      • mcrobbins

        I have read several books about Iran by respected authors. I also have a few Iranian friends living in exile. Yes, I wasn't unaware of the CIA plot that placed the Shah on the throne. Yes, I do understand the concept of blowback. However, do you think if the United States ceases to intervene in the world that Russia, China, and a host of other nations with ambitions would cease too? If we take that attitude we might find ourselves checkmated at some point when our strategic assets are threatened. Caroline Glick has written an informative new column in the Jerusalem Post about the foreign policy spectrum that is found in the Republican Party.

        • Joe Mama

          LOL wow really? What a crazy coincidence! Let me guess you've read numerous books on and have friends from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and any other country that will happen to come up too, right? My friends from Iran totally want the US to invade and blow up their families. Nothing makes people happier than having their countries invaded! Yeah! Seriously, am I mistaken or are you saying we SHOULD be invading countries first to make sure we get their oil? Just self preservation? Hey good luck with that.

          Golly I wonder what would happen to investment in non-oil-using technology if oil prices kept going up? That silly free market! I wonder what will happen to the countries who "intervened" to stay hooked on oil after the oil runs out. You know, as opposed to the countries that have developed alternative energy technology at that point?

          • mcrobbins

            The ordinary people of Iran hate the mullahcracy. They want the repressive government overthrown. Certainly, the people don't want their country blown to bits. They want protection from the Revolutionary Guard, the fortress of the mullahcracy. Another uprising is inevitable.

        • Joseph Zrnchik

          By this reasoning we need to invade every country that is weak before a stronger country does.

          During Operation TPAJAX we paid murderers to blow up mosques and kill women and children and blamed it on others who were then killed.

          You can't claim to be a Christian nation and allow these types of sins. Yet, Pat Robertson and George Bush would support this as foreign policy.

          This is why our nation will fall. Remember what the bible says about a house divided against itself. You cannot be moral in your individual dealings and immoral in your dealing with others via government and still be moral.

          Were Americans moral when they committed genocide against the Indians? Or, are they absolved via government dispensation? Anyone will tell you that one who is amoral in much worse than one who is immoral. Our leaders have no morals to violate.

        • Omar

          The Shah was already in power before the coup! If the U.S. ceases to exist, Russia and China would dominate the world. Ron Paul fans are nothing more than anti-American Stalinist/Maoists who support extreme left-wing totalitarianism.

    • BS Filter

      LOL! Isolationism? Funny how you would be about as dumb as Mr. Humberto to say something so obnoxious. Ground control to Mcrobbins:

      Ron Paul wants to end trade sanctions with Cuba. Trade sanctions are isolationism, ending trade sanctions are ending isolationism.

    • Matthew

      @mcrobbins: You need to go read up on your history. Everything Ron Paul said, was right, about Iran. Santorum had his history skewed. You can't start from 1979 to explain the strained relations between Iran & the U.S. You have to go back to 1953 where we helped overthrow their government and installed a government that oppressed the Iranian people, and caused the hatred they have towards the U.S. today. And as far as nukes, that's laughable. They barely have an air force and are surrounded by countries much more powerful than they are. Its a scare tactic by our government for them to gain more control over us. We need to STOP allowing our liberty to be taken away under the guise of keeping us safe. If there is any country we should be talking about, in terms of threat, it would be N. Korea.

      • Omar

        Matthew, The Ayatollah was happy to see Mossadegh go. Also, it was the British intelligence who came up with the idea to remove Mossadegh. The Islamist regime hates the West for being infidels, not for the anti-Mossadegh coup. Also, the Shah was already in power before Mossadegh's coup. Why don't you talk about how you Stalinists/Maoists overthrew the government of Grenada and replaced it with a Soviet puppet state that oppressed the Grenadan people? It is because you supported the Communist dictatorship in Grenada. Quit repeating leftist/Islamist propaganda and learn from facts.

  • faizan

    I love how 99% of the comments are against the author and his article… And I agree with those 99% . Paul talked about Cuba in 4-5 sentences and for about 30seconds or less and now here we have this article spewing utter nonsense. What a shame. I'd like to ask the author why he didn't give us such a detailed article about our meddling in iran's internal affairs and how we pulled off a regime change in the 50's with the shah of Iran. DR.Paul certainly stressed that more than he did cuba. But I know the author is a spineless zombie doing what he's told to do by the establishment and will not reply to my comment….. Good dog…. Good dog…

  • chuck

    read half the article then just lol'd a little

  • Devin

    Ready…….Aim…….Fire. YOU MISSED!

  • Tom

    Lol. Ron doesn't mean CIA intervention when he says "engagement". He means that we should trade and do what we can to eliminate restrictions on trade, and talk to them so they will lessen restrictions on trade. It seems like last night's debate was the first time you've ever heard Ron Paul speak at all, and you actually have no idea what his platform is at all.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    to: Space Oddity
    from: David Bowie

    Take your protein pills and put your helmet on.

  • Mike Dell

    The author of this story is obviously a idiot! Anyone who would even write a story like this insinuating that Cuba is free is a idiot.

  • SaveUS

    Those attacking Humberto should have spent at least 30 years in a real communist country like I had. You would have lost some weight. In USA, you are extremely lucky to survive the Cold War. You should thank on your knees the Polish pope and Ronald Reagan. I know what I am talking about because I was trained in the Warsaw Pact army (as a drafted officer) how to kill YOU (especially libertarians who are not fit to live in totalitarian systems).
    Ron Paul is right on most (but not all) issues related to budgets and economy, but in relation to foreign policies, he would be not only a disaster: his policies would mean the end of the USA in a very short time. No more debt problems, everything is destroyed by several hostile world powers taking advantage of our weakness. Sorry to say, but you guys have two choices: either Ron Paul is a complete idiot (you does not see the dictators dreaming about cutting our throats), or he used to work for KGB and he still is working for the same master Putin.

    • Andy

      Lucky to survive the Cold War? Haha, the cold war was a major scam that was used to instill fear into the American people so the government could do it's dirt. We were selling weapons and all kinds of technology to the Soviet Union the whole time. It's very well documented and I suggest you look into it. I would start by looking into the work of Antony Sutton. Also, I suggest researching the Hegelian Dialectic.

    • GBF

      We are rebutting the author for his ignorance, not because he is (and he is) wrong about foreign policy. He ignores that I can't smoke a cuban cigar, go to the lovely beaches in Cuba or sell anything to the Cubans.

      You mention the Pope, as being a force to end communism. How can a man with no divisions end communism? By the force of convictions. By the weight of being a moral leader. By the power of moving millions of individuals. The words "Have no fear, you are in my prayers" to Polish workers were far more corrosive to the Soviet system than arsenal of nukes.

      Ron Paul doesn't believe in dismantling the military. He believes the military should be back home working to defend us, not working against us. He believes the military should be used only when attacked by a clearly identified enemy. He believes that military response to be commensurate

      Finally, libertarians are armed to the teeth. We'll give a good licking to any commie who trespasses.

    • DePriest

      Yeah and I was trained by the US Army to kill your ass, courtesy of the US of A. Lucky for you we were able to resolve the issue without war, which is what Ron Paul stands for.

      Also, I find it hard to pay much attention to a puke like you who let another country take you over.

      • SaveUS

        You obviously did not understand what I was trying to say.
        There is no knowledge of history in USA due to incredibly poor education. I know US history better than 75% of Americans (although not educated here) and better than 99% of Americans in relation to world's history (and I am an engineer).
        My country was taken over by the Soviet Union after millions of her citizens lost lives because the American president Roosevelt made a deal with a mass murderer Stalin.
        In the totalitarian regime, I had to be trained as an officer to kill you otherwise I would have to spend many years in prison. I love America much more than most Americans born here because I chose Her and it cost me a lot to get here.
        In 1970's and 80's, the advantage of Warsaw Pact over NATO was almost 4:1. There were no defensive plans for Soviets at all. The plans were to get from East Germany to Paris in 3 days by tank. At that time you were busy protesting the war in Vietnam (while Viet Cong officers were trained in all former communist countries). Most people from the former communist states are more pro-American than the majority of Americans born in USA . So please stop writing nonsense.

        • faizan

          So fight aggression with aggression? We have a genius here people… Maybe u shud have stayed in ur country and fought for the rights of YOUR people. Don't come here and tell us what our foreign policies should be. to call us uneducated is just not fair. YOUR PEOPLE come HERE to get a QUALITY education not the other way around so go jump off a cliff! Obviously your perverted dream is the US should turn into the next Nazi Germany…

        • faizan

          "Incredibly poor education"… What a joke….

        • Mike

          "I know US history better than 75% of Americans (although not educated here) and better than 99% of Americans in relation to world's history (and I am an engineer). "

          Where are you getting your statistics? Did you test yourself against a large portion of the population? Did 75% of your ranting come out of your ass?

          • Indioviejo

            No, he probably gets it from John Stossel the libertarian over at FNC, when he interviews the average American citizen in the streets of New York. The interviewees consistently answer stupidly on camera and most plan to vote for Ron Paul. So SAVEUS from the trolls.

    • bad juju

      DRAFTED officer? Officers were not drafted in any of the Warsaw Pact countires. Unless you were an NCO, serzhant…….

  • Tanner

    Some trade does not equal free trade. Vocabulary lesson for Humberto Fontova.

    • Omar

      Communist Cuba doesn't want free trade. Cuba is a key member of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA). ALBA doesn't want free trade. ALBA wants to control all trade in the Western Hemisphere, and eventually the whole world. Get your facts straight.

  • Joe

    Humberto Moron. This is what this idiot wants… some website hits, comments and publicity on his blog because he's not getting it at home

  • Jim Nye

    I'm a die hard democrat but Ron Paul has my vote in 2012.

    • AL__

      We know that

  • mcrobbins

    I am sympathetic with Ron Paul's stand on civil liberties. Yes, we need to choose our fights more wisely than we have in the past. Yes, many of our foreign policy decisions have led us into tangled messes. (Iran is certainly one of them.) However, his comment about Iran was disturbing considering the dangers of the mullahcracy. What's done is done. We need to deal with the present reality. Iran has ambitions to control the Persian Gulf, including the Arabian Peninsula. They have been a destabilizing force throughout the MIddle East:. They want to set up missile bases in Venezuela. They have proven that they can strike thousands of miles away in terrorists attacks using their proxies. Their proxies are some of the most sophisticated and disciplined terrorist organizations in the world. The regime that is now ruling Iran are the people that the Ayatollah Khomeini considered dangerous and crazy. (And we know how crazy Khomeini was.)

    • DePriest

      Really? You are worried about some half ass country like Iran? If they did launch a missle, it would kill less Americans than we have lost in the stupid wars we are pursuing.

      If they ever did get nukes and were able to put them into Venezuela, we would deal with that because it would be a real threat, unlike what is going on now.

  • eric

    author is a hater for sure. waste of my time reading that dribble.
    but thanks to obviously better educated commentators, i feel secure that our nation is not filled with angry idiots. thank you all.

  • John

    Good try, but Ron Paul is the master of American history. Quit trying to discredit him, you just make yourself look like an idiot.

    • AL__

      change the diapers of your hero!

  • KDJ

    Ron Paul made a simplified statement. Sue him, why don't you? His point was clear and not misleading.

  • BS77

    Ron Paul might consider dropping out of the race…..no chance of being nominated…not even close.

    • DePriest

      Hey can you give me a stock tip? That way I can do the opposite since you obviously have no clue as to the future.

      • BS77

        yeah, invest in Ron Paul ……..and good luck to you sir. R Paul is a good man, sincere and intelligent, but the reality is he has little to no chance of being nominated……The GOP wants a mainstream type.

  • Robert

    Thank you for the article. You show time and again how we attempted to open up more trade and talk, and were screwed every time. Amazing how all these "liberty" guys are all for Cuban thugs stealing billions from the rightful owners and they just ignore it. These RuPaul nubs can go straight to hell.

  • The Truth

    Ground control to Humberto Fontova: Your article stinks of anti-Paul nonsense. You’re just another cog in the media machine trying DESPERATELY to defame Ron Paul. You can’t do it, he’s the real deal. It’s like trying to defame Mother Teresa.

    Ground control to Humberto Fontova: There is NOTHING you can teach Ron Paul. He is your intellectual, and ethical superior in every way.

  • Chad

    Hi everyone, Canada here….. Cuba was so nice this summer when I went one vacation there, hope you can join us soon. Unless your still mad that Cuba won't let you exploit the economy and people for profit. Or the fact that you moved in nukes to Turkey so the Soviets bought the Cuban Government for awhile. Ohhh and Canada has the technology to build Nukes, hopefully you don't try to attack us soon.

    • faizan

      Hahaha ya dude don't be surprised if Canada becomes another 20 states… We are headed down a dreadful path

    • Indioviejo

      No Cuba has done an excellent job all by itself exploiting the poor Cuban people who live at a subsistence level because of their glorious marxist experiment. Rather, the exploitation is conducted by Canadian pedophiles attracted to the beautiful underage cubanitas and cubanitos to be had for a few dollars more.

  • charlie shore

    4 billion dollars in 10 years? The federal government spends that in one day. There some things Americans are allowed to trade with them, but if America had no restrictions, Cubans AND Americans would be much better off. Our sanctions are reason they still put up with their evil leader.

    Oh, and you say we talk to them via the CIA? How about real human to human diplomacy instead of aggressive communication and spying via a secretive military wing of the US.

  • joe2000000

    good too know paul's supporters are not mindless idiots. It's good to see that. the rest of american's should be slaughtered. they really should be. I'll bring the angles here to take these people out of here. they don't belong here. They must die. It's not going to be nice. 90% of american's should be removed.

  • faizan

    Typical Zionist BS…

    • Omar

      And you support Islamist jihadist BS propaganda.

  • Fred Dawes

    Most people overlook the fact that paul is behind much of our open borders and 4 years ago got from millions of people soming like 20 million dollars but what did paul do helped obama become out great leader, watch him. and paul was and is a great friend of cuba keep a eye open he is making a deal right now, i hope i am wrong.

    • Fuck Fred

      Do you not know how to spell or use proper grammar and punctuation? When you type like a first grader, you will be treated as such. Now go do your homework, Ron Paul has consistently received little to no $$$ from lobbyists and special interest groups. Go to FactChecker.org and look for yourself. He has also repeatedly refused the pension plan for House members, and almost always votes against raises for federal government employees programs.

      • Omar

        Paul receives funding from leftist groups like Code Pink and the Shadow Party run by George Soros.

  • Dave

    Ron Paul Slides into Top Tier – Wins Debate by Telling Iowans — and America — the Truth
    AMES, IOWA – August 11, 2011 – Thomas Woods – Once again, Ron Paul distinguished himself in a Republican presidential debate by telling Americans the truth, answering the questions he was asked, and refusing to treat his countrymen like ten-year-olds who should be spoken to in bumper-sticker slogans.

    On the economy, everyone talked about lower taxes, cutting spending, and a balanced budget – the usual boilerplate. Only Ron Paul sought to explain why we have recessions in the first place. Only Ron Paul mentioned the critical role of the Federal Reserve System in blowing up the bubbles that have popped in America over the past decade. Only Ron Paul explained that the monetary system we have, whereby money can be created out of thin air whenever the political class wants it, is a recipe for the very kind of disaster we are living through right now.

    To be sure, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had some critical words for particular Fed policies, but surely his recent criticism of the Fed is one of the exceedingly rare times, if not the only time, he has made serious mention of the Federal Reserve in over three decades in public life.
    The only reason any of them will even talk about the Fed is Ron Paul, who took the issue from the depths of obscurity and turned it into a live issue for the first time in the nearly one hundred years of the Fed's existence.

    But where Congressman Paul really stood out, of course, was in foreign policy. He dismissed the comments of the neoconservative former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum as "war propaganda," which indeed Senator Santorum can be relied upon to parrot at every opportunity. He explained that the history of U.S. relations in Iran did not begin with the hostage crisis in 1979, as Senator Santorum tried to pretend. It began with the U.S./British coup in 1953 that brought the oppressive shah to power, and it was resentment over his police state that turned Iranians against the U.S. Before the U.S. government's interventions in the Middle East, Americans had an excellent reputation in that part of the world – another piece of history our political class ignores.

    Our delicate ears are not supposed to hear the kinds of things Ron Paul told Americans tonight. We're supposed to hear "USA! USA!" We are supposed to be flattered, told our leaders have infallible judgment, and urged to believe that anyone who questions that judgment, or who thinks anyone around the world might have a legitimate grievance against the American political class, "hates America." Given how many grievances we Americans have with our political class, is it really so hard to imagine that other people might, too?

    Everyone on the stage wanted to talk about budgets, but only Ron Paul pointed out that the wars are costing trillions of dollars, with a sixth war being seriously contemplated. This is pure insanity, and the only person who will level with the American people about it is Ron Paul.
    It's hard to imagine one person being so consistently and thoroughly vindicated as Congressman Paul. On the economy in particular, he has been warning for decades about the certain outcome of our monetary system and economic policies. The world is now beginning to undergo the exact convulsions he predicted would result.

    Ron Paul is the only person on that stage who has the slightest grasp of what is happening in America and around the world right now. All they can do is repeat GOP talking points. Ron Paul knows the economics and the history inside and out.

    Dr. Paul, who is often too humble even to say "I," rarely points out in such a setting that he, along among the candidates on stage, had been so prophetic about all this. That is where Revolution PAC comes in. We're not humble at all. We intend to brag about Ron Paul like crazy. It is a scandal that Americans could even consider another candidate when a man of the intelligence and integrity of Ron Paul stands before them. He alone told us what was coming. He alone can point the way to a better future for America.

    Dr. Paul's prophetic words about the economic breakdown we are living through may be the best kept secret in America. At Revolution PAC, we refuse to keep it that way. Please help us spread the message! http://revolutionpac.com/superbomb

    • Omar

      Dave, the Shah was already in power before the coup. The Ayatollah's Islamist regime is far more brutal and repressive than the Shah

  • Dave

    When fascism goes to sleep it looks under the bed for Ron Paul.

    He has never taken a government junket.

    He does not participate in the lucrative Congressional Pension Program.

    He returns a portion of his annual Congressional Office Budget every

    He has never voted to raise taxes.

    He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.

    He voted no to the bankster bailout.

    He voted no to raising the debt ceiling and warned us against
    the “Super Congress” part of the legislation that resembles both
    an “ Enabling Act” and a “Politburo.”

    He has never voted to restrict gun ownership.

    He has never voted to raise Congressional Pay.

    He never voted to increase Executive Branch Power.

    He will Reinstate The Constitution and Save The Republic

    He will END the unconstitutional FED.

    He will phase out the unconstitutional IRS beginning immediately

    He will secure the borders

    He will limit Big Government in your private affairs

    He will stop Illegal immigration and no amnesty

    He voted against regulating the Internet

    He is the only candidate for President in 2012 who actually served his country.

    He was a flight surgeon during Vietnam.

    Ron Paul’s popularity is so high among U.S. service members that the Texas
    Congressman’s presidential campaign has received more money from U.S.
    soldiers than any other candidate in the 2012 presidential race.

    He voted against the Iraq War and warned us against going forward with
    an undeclared war.“Let it not be said that no one cared, that
    no one objected once it's realized that our liberty and wealth are in
    Jeopardy” July 10th, 2003

    He voted against the un-patriotic so called Patriot Act.

    He supports a non-interventionist foreign policy yet a strong military

    He will end the inflation tax He is a true Constitutional

    He would have soundly beat Obama in 2008 because Independents trust him and like him.

    We could have had a V8 instead of McCain't in 08

    Ron Paul for President 2012

    Because no one else can be trusted to say what he
    means and do what he says like Ron Paul does.

    Ron Paul is the man of the hour. They used to laugh him for being way ahead
    of the others in his thinking and his warnings. Now, they are not
    laughing because what he predicted is coming to pass. Now, he is being called
    a prophet for having warned us and still calmly suffered through the
    barbs. "First they, ignore you, then they fight you, then you
    win." Gandhi
    “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no
    vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of
    justice is no virtue!” Barry Goldwater"

    "I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more
    efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to
    promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to
    pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs,
    but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that
    have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an
    unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether
    legislation is "needed" before I have first determined
    whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be
    attacked for neglecting my constituents' "interests," I
    shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty
    and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can." Barry

    Senator Barry Goldwater's son, former Congressman Barry
    Goldwater Jr. endorses Ron Paul. Ron Paul has been warning us for
    so long of the impending economic disaster we are seeing today,
    and he has been purposefully working to wake us to realize we
    must change our course to save the Republic. I take Ron Paul
    very seriously. He may not be the most polished public speaker,
    but he speaks the truth with unvarnished power; He needs no
    teleprompter to carry on an intelligent discourse for over two
    hours to a packed auditorium of twenty and thirty something
    voters! He may not be the tallest, or the most strikingly
    handsome candidate, he doesn't have "pretty hair" but people want the Real Deal. Ron Paul is the real deal.

    Ron Paul for President 2012

  • Mike

    Ground Control to Humberto Fontova: "At present, the embargo, which limits American businesses from conducting business with Cuban interests, is still in effect and is the most enduring trade embargo in modern history. Despite the existence of the embargo, the United States is the fifth largest exporter to Cuba (6.6% of Cuba's imports are from the US).[4] However, Cuba must pay cash for all imports, as credit is not allowed.[5]

    On September 2, 2010, President Barack Obama extended the embargo through September 14, 2011, determining that the embargo "is in the national interest of the United States."[6]"

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_embarg

    • Omar

      Mike, there is no embargo on Cuba, period! Quit repeating Stalinist/Maoist propaganda, and learn from facts. Mr. Fontova is right on everything on Cuba.

  • http://dailypaul.com Chris

    Ground Control to Author! When was the last time you bought something and it said "Made in Cuba"? Obviously the author does not understand what free trade really means… Continue blogging sir…

  • RP2012

    RON PAUL 2012!!

    • AL__

      no thanx

  • AL__

    ron paul is a dork

  • matt

    Boycott Israel! Starve the Jewish parasite!

    • Omar

      Boycott "Palestine", Cuba and Iran. Starve the Red-Green parasites.

  • Ryan G.

    You people who are bashing Paul for being fringe, or weird, or a dork, or whatever new little name you have for him–you people are the problem. Folks who open their mouths and shoot off some opinion without any rigorous arguments are the type of lazy bandwagoners that kill our political process. Don’t hate Paul supporters just because we are interested in our countrys future and actualy have a strict ideology about how to approach the problems this country faces. As for this ridiculous article, if you–whoever you are who wrote this–think that a CIA, “humanitarian relief” oreinted relationship with Cuba is the type of relationship Ron Paul stands for then it is you who are orbiting the planet. I don’t think it’s too far fetched to say that maybe Castro shouldn’t have to deal through private banks with a us federal government thar screams embargo but trades bandaid’s for drugs. It’s also a bit ridiculous that out of all of Paul’s foreign policy positions, you pick CUBA to focus on. Just forget about ending all the other wars and bombings we’ve got going on huh? I think you and your readers might do well to be reminded that this “dork” of a candidate not only wants to bring home the troops from the countries we bomb but the ones we’ve got stationed in friendly countries too so they can spend their money here at home. Oh and this “fringe” candidate gets more money from military personnel than all other candidates…combined.

  • Alex

    Humberta Fontova is a nasty neocon-Trotskyiest. Per him, when Lenin-Trotsky let 3-4 kulaks go (while killing the remaining millions) – they really didn't have sanctions against kulaks….

  • Michael

    How do you even have a job? Completely miss the point, Humberto.

  • LindaRivera

    "U.S. citizen Alan Gross has just been sentenced to 15 years in Castro’s dungeons for the crime of distributing computer equipment in Cuba."

    Will Obama and Clinton demand the release of Alan Gross unjustly imprisoned for 15 years or will they remain silent?

    Silence is consent.

  • http://acourtsjester.blogspot.com Michael Johnson

    Aid is not trade the writer of this article is a fool.

  • SteveMT

    Humberto, You are selective in your history lessons. You forgot about the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by our CIA…one of the many attempted and failed overthrows of Castro. Ron Paul is the solution to the military-industrial complex.

    A quote about you from Wikipedia. I would say that this is a very good description of you.

    "His writing features a blend of quotations, hyperbole, mild profanity, ad hominems, sarcasm and humor; often culminating in editorial critiques of the political left."

    • mah29001

      Israel bad, totalitarian government of Cuba is good. That's the hypocrisy from you PaulBots.

    • Omar

      And you are simply another Marxist apologist for Communist totalitarianism. There has been no attempt to overthrow the Castro regime on the part of the U.S. government since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Also, the Castro regime tried to incinerate New York City a month after the Missile Crisis by detonating explosives at Manhattan landmarks. Get your facts straight.

  • jewdog

    I'm outraged that the Republicans have members who support that ignorant wacko, Ron Paul, or Rand Paul. They are a throwback to the days when Republicans took an isolationist view of the spread of fascism before WWII. Both of them have simplistic ideas – like their gold panacea – that appeal to those most susceptible to demagoguery.
    Fontova, by stating some simple facts about Cuba, unmasks Ron Paul's foolishness and inhumanity.

  • Brutus


    Why so antisemitic? You give welfare to Israel to enslave her to US policies? I say free Israel and support her if attacked. Stop treating Israel like a red headed step child and let her be free. Besides, the constitution gives no authority to dole out foreign welfare to any nation.

  • zsqpwxxeh

    Haven't seen a Ron Paul Swarm on FPM for a long time. If you're scanning the combox to get a glimpse into the RP mindset, keep in mind a few things:

    1. Snowballs have a greater chance in hell than Ron Paul has to win the GOP nomination;
    2. Libertarians and Anti-Israelites are not Conservatives, though we may agree on many (mainly economic) issues;
    3. There are a lot (i.e. a high percentage) of kooks, cranks, and assorted conspiracy nuts among Paul supporters;
    4. You hear from them, and not the more level-headed Paulbots, when they swarm.

    Have a great day!

    • Patrick

      Right, all kooks. We love freedom and the Constitution and bemoan futile, illegal wars, the abuse of freedom and power, and the waste of trillions of dollars in American funds and capital but we're just a bunch of 'conspiracy nuts'!??!??!?
      What's funny about your first point is most people would probably rather vote for a snowball over the current swill of politicians running for President these days.

  • Jackie Hazelton

    The best thing about articles like this are the well informed comments after the nonsense spewed by the author. Sadly, I don't think the author was just trying to get hits. I think he actually believes this.

    I spoke to some of my family today who are so incredibly wrapped up in gov't propaganda that they believe anything that is told to them by their party. It doesn't matter which party, because they are both two sides of the same coin.

    The great thing about Ron Paul supporters is that they can reason and think. They can see the flaws in an article like this.

    Go Ron Paul! The country has hope if you can educate people and if your supporters can spread truth and reality. To the commenters here: nicely done.

  • http://www.hfontova.com Humberto

    Most of you Ronbots are college kids. So here's the deal:

    When classes start in a couple weeks, ask your English prof to explain the difference between "free-trade" and "a trade relationship."

    Then ask your Political Science prof for the definition of "remittances" and to explain the workings of the "U.S. Export-Import Bank."

    Then implore your History profs to assign the following books for his classes:


    These books have been published internationally and within them you will find everything in this article fully documented to the satisfaction of the legal departments of the biggest publishers on earth.

    Peace & Love

  • http://home.comcast.net/~enjolras/site/?/home/ Underzog

    Ron Paul also has an antisemitic, ex CIA agent as his advisor in the Middle East. That might have contributed to Dr. Paul's view that Iran getting the nuclear bomb was a swell thing.

    Incidentally, not only did ex CIA agent, Ron Paul advisor, Philip Giraldi, write an antisemitic screed that was featured in the antisemitic blog, "Veterans Today," but the ex CIA agent identified in a photo a person he said was David Horowitz when that person was not David Horowitz: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/08/former-cia-agen

    Some spook this guy was /sarc

    Ron Paul 1488
    The Final Solution for America the two eights stand for the two eigth letters of the alphabet as in "Heil Hitler." The number 14 stands for those fourteen words that every white supremacist knows: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."

  • P

    "Trade relationship" Humberto. Do you know what a relationship is? Yeah, it typically involves two parties interacting with each other. Stop focusing on EXPORTS and try to include IMPORTS. So how much have we "transacted" in import trade over the past 10 years?

  • Matthew

    This is the best they have…lol I guess I can go buy a ticket to Cuba head down for the weekend and buy some Cubans to bring back home, right?!!?!?

  • Phil

    Say no to the Khazar run war-state of Israel. Say no to apartheid and genocide.

    • Omar

      Phil, quit supporting the real genocidal apartheid regime in Sudan, whose government behaves worse than South Africa's former apartheid regime. Israel is a tolerant, democratic state, while Sudan is run by genocidal Islamists. Fact-check.

  • Chux91

    It's time for the author and all these defense hawks to suck it up and get used to the fact that CUTS are coming to defense. Of course all they see is Islamic & Communist Boogy men behind every corner but to ask "grandma" to shoulder all the cuts to entitlements while defense spending continues at these or even higher levels is beyond outrageous. It will be REVOLUTIONARY!! Ron Paul is right about talking to Cuba. And he's right about engaging Iran in talks and trade. If we keep listening to these defense (chicken) hawks, they'll either blow us up in another war or two or they'll drive the country into bankruptcy. Don't believe their lies!! Press your reps in Congress to cut this unsustainable defense spending. WWII has been over for almost 70 years and it's time Europe, Japan and Korea paid for their own defense as well as it's time for America to quit this insane spending and bring ALL the troops home. Better to do it now then to be forced to do it because we're bankrupt as a country. And tell the author we'd be better off engaging Cuba in talks and trade too – Castro be dammed.

    • Omar

      Really. Complete trade (no limited sanctions at all) with Castro's Cuba would only benefit the Communist regime and oppress the people living there.

  • Nathan

    Oh man!! A whole, whopping $6bil over the span of 10 years!!! When's the last time you bought something that said MADE IN CUBA? You're a tool

    • Omar

      No, Nathan. You are a tool of the Castro dictatorship in Cuba. Quit repeating leftist lies and propaganda and learn from facts.

  • mah29001

    Ron Paul bots are hypocrites: Whine about how Israel gets all the money, but then state countries that are actually national security threats like Cuba and Iran should be traded with like allies?

  • Corellian

    Looks like the Ron Paul zealots have latched onto Front Page Mag now. They're swarming over conservative sites all over the net like locusts. They over ran The Tree of Liberty for one example. They're foreign policy aspirations are even further to the left than comrade Obama's. And you know that can't be good.

    RP supporters are paranoid "Zionist" conspiracy nuts (Jew blamers), delusional 9-11 conspiracy nuts, and foolhardy hard core isolationists. Their platform is synonymous with the platform of the left in many ways, only with some minor alterations. Core left wing ideology reveals itself eventually in their rantings though. You know, evil American imperialism and Jewish obstinance concerning the disputed territories is responsible for all ill feelings in the world. (Sure man.. sure)

    RP's only saving grace is his constitutionally oriented financial ideas. Eliminating the FED. And that's about it. ~ Relegate RP to the Treasury Department. And keep him away from foreign policy decisions.

  • http://www.ronpaulforums.com Calvin

    I am registering Republican just to vote for Ron Paul as soon as I turn 18.

    – Ron Paul was endorsed for president by Ronald Reagan in 1988. Reagan made special note to Paul's commitment to a strong national defense.

    – Ron Paul was the only candidate at the previous debate to have served in the military. He volunteered for Vietnam while Mitt Romney obtained a draft deferment. Interestingly, Romney was a vehement supporter of the Vietnam debacle. Look it up!

    – Ron Paul refuses to receive the benefits available to him as a Congressman, including healthcare and pensions.

    – Ron Paul was spot-on about the economy, and predicted the housing bubble way back in 2003. Check it out for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLm7Sw402xE

    • Omar

      Actually, no. Ronald Reagan supported his vice president, George H.W. Bush, for president in 1988. Quit writing revisionist history.

  • AL__

    The ron paul's brown shirts are the cockroaches of the internet

  • Nicolas

    Fontova is no closer to understanding FREE trade than the Castro brothers are. As fond as Cuban exiles are of authoritarian rule — in the United States — it is by no means clear that the end of communism on the island will lead to liberty rather than to a new brand of repression.

  • mrbean

    Ron Paul is a patriot like Sarah Palin, and Micelle bachman will be marginilized as a nutcase by liberals and anti intellectual neo-cons, It is also because he's an honest politician and american patriot who supports freedom, liberty, ending illegal wars, cutting down on unnecessary spending and following the Constitution.

  • Steeloak

    I love it when the Ron Paul Robots swam FPM, they are almost as crazy as the Soros roaches that appear whenever Obama gets a well deserved roasting here. Both groups swarm through in a large herd, learning nothing and leaving a wide swath of trash and debris in their wake. We regulars who have spit in the eye of these morons wear our negative ratings with pride.
    Humberto has written many articles here about Cuba and posesses that rare quality lacking among most journalists – the ability to see reality for what it is and tell the truth, no matter how unpopular that truth may be.

  • Ageofreason

    Apparently a lot of people fail to understand that as a Stalinist state, because it is a Stalinist state, Cuba is incapable of creating wealth. Its citizens are slaves. As a Canadian, I face no restrictions on travel to Cuba, and went on my own fact-finding mission, not to the tourist haven (and trap) of Varadero, but to Havana. What I found was appalling. The Cubans never once asked if I were Canadian, but if I were American, because so many Americans go to Cuba. The Cubans do not stamp passports, so all Americans have to do is fly to Canada, and then hop a flight to Cuba. Many, many Americans do just that. Beggars are everywhere in Havana. Almost every tourist buys illegal cigars from Cubans who I am certain are well-known to, and perhaps run by the secret police. Groups of unemployed men hang out on the streets. The buildings are run-down. (more)

  • Ageofreason

    The homes built in the 50s by the affluent middle class are crumbing, inhabited by a permanent underclass of miserable, un-, or under-employed individuals, the middle class fled or shot dead. The best-dressed people are the military and police. Their weapons are new and hi-tech. Propaganda slogans are omnipresent. Images of the murdering thug Che, the putz, Guava are all over for the gullible tourists. The money made from sucker tourists feeds the military, cops and secret police. Even the money is a rip-off: one currency for tourists, and another for Cubans. The national museum of the revolution is a joke, and you will discover in the cemetery that the Cuban regime cares more about the dead than they do about the living as long as they can use the dead to prop up their corruption and lies. One more thing. The regime uses the so-called "embargo" as the excuse for Cuban poverty. Not everyone buys the lie, but some do. One Cuban said it all to me in just four words, despair on his face, "Cuba is a jail."

  • Pathena

    Humberto Fontova knows a great deal about Cuba. I think he is a Cuban who escaped to the U.S. In any case, Cuba is a Communist tyranny. Why do some of its citizens try to escape even in rickety boats? No, its citizens cannot remove the Communist tyrants – note that the citizens of the Soviet Union who suffered greatly under Stalin could not remove him from power. Communism is terrible.

  • Jesse Beaupre

    This editorialist is another pathetic dog licking the boots of his corrupted masters.
    America, this is your only hope : RON PAUL 2012 !

  • matt

    Israel receives over $3 billion annually in U.S. military and economic aid (Congressional Budget Office).

  • Foolster41

    So, Isreal should be cut off simply because they receive $3 bil a year annualy? So, all countries that we give > $3 bil should be cut off then? Or is it that exact amount?

    Of course, in fact your answer doesn't really answer mcrobbin's post. If you have a reasoned explination for why Isreal is a "parasite" and should be cut off, then you should say so. Otherwise if you have no reason then you are an anti-semite.

  • karl

    We have a budget crises, dummy. We can't afford to give ANYONE $3 Bil a year.