Obama’s Cuban Bailout


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The anti-“embargo” mantra stresses that a flood of rich Western tourists will magically smother Cuban Stalinism, whereupon the island nation will quickly mutate into a bigger (and more historic and picturesque) Cozumel. This reasoning seems to go something like this: rewarding and enriching the KGB-trained and heavily armed guardians of Cuba’s Stalinist status quo will magically convert them into instant opponents of that same Stalinist status quo.

As two decades of such tourism have amply proven, any trickle of foreign currency that reaches the Stalinist regime’s subjects (primarily from prostitution) is offset a thousand-fold by the millions ($2.4 billion last year, for instance) crammed into the regime’s military and secret-police coffers.

In a presentation on November 18, 2010, at a hearing by the House Foreign Affairs Committee debating travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Simmons, a recently retired Defense Intelligence Agency Cuba specialist, explained the issue in detail. He showed how Raul Castro’s military owns virtually every corporation involved in Cuba’s tourism industry, the regime’s top money-maker.

Nowadays, the so-called U.S. embargo merely stipulates that the Castro regime pay cash up front through a third–party bank for all U.S. agricultural products; no Export-Import Bank (U.S. taxpayer) financing of such sales. 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. But for how much longer?

President Obama’s executive order will also boost cultural, scientific, religious and educational travel with Cuba. The Clinton administration also made a fetish of fostering such travel—with disastrous results.

The deepest and most damaging penetration of the U.S. Defense Department by an enemy agent resulted precisely from “cultural exchanges” by the Clinton team with Stalinist Cuba. During the Clinton administration, Ana Belen Montes, a champion of cultural and educational exchanges with Cuba (in which she partook abundantly), was promoted to head the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Cuba division. She was also awarded the “Certificate of Distinction,” the third-highest honor awarded by any U.S. intelligence agency

Thus honored under Clinton, Montes today serves a 25-year prison sentence for “conspiracy to commit espionage.” On September 20th 2001, (under Bush) Ms. Montes was arrested by the FBI as a Castro spy and accused of the same crime as Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. After conviction, only a plea bargain allowed the Clinton administration’s top “Cuba Expert” and champion of “people-to-people”  contacts to escape the fate of the Rosenbergs. The Montes case is widely considered to be the most damaging espionage case since the “end” of the Cold War.

These Clinton-era “people to people” exchanges with Cuba reached a point where, in the mid 90s, Mobile, Alabama and Havana became official “Sister Cities.”  Then in 2003, Castro’s “cultural ambassador” to Mobile, Oscar Redondo, was nabbed by the FBI as a Castro espionage agent and booted from the U.S.  For years he’d labored diligently as one of Ana Montes’ top lieutenants

In May 2003, 14 more Cuban spies were uncovered and booted from the U.S. Most had worked under diplomatic cover while gleefully “culturally-exchanging” with their American hosts.

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  • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

    well yes? why wouldn't a Red Like Obama help a brother Red like castro' cuba and most of the 200.000 so called Americans are hispanic from casrro's cuba about 20,000 are from mexico all of the so called americans want to move casror's ideals here inside the FORMER USA.

  • Jim

    We must then always remind the world what a failure Fidel is. He is not the liberator of the working class he is just a pan handler.

  • davarino

    Its funny how the lefties here in the states toute the wonders of Cuba yet the island nation suffers under poverty and oppression. People are trying to escape. No one is trying to sneek into Cuba because it is so great

  • jorge garrido

    HOWEVER, THE FACT IS, AT PRESENT THE MAYORITY OF CUBAN AMERICANS, IN SOUTH FLORIDA, WHO ARE SECOND GENERATION IN MIAMI WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE TRADE EMBARGO SANCTIONS LIFTED.

  • jorge

    POWER AND REALITY MANY TIMES DO NOT CONNECT. POWER IS NOT ALWAYS PRAGMATICAL, NOR SENSITIVE, NOT ONLY IN TODAY´S TIMES, BUT SINCE THE BEGINING OF WORLD CIVILIZATION. THE CONFLICT OF MAN AGAINST MAN–THROUGHOUT ALL OF THE WORLD NATIONS, IS NOTHING NEW. CONFLICTS BETWEEN MAN IS THE MOST COMMON FACTOR OF SIMILARITY PREVALENT THROUGHOUT EARTH, THROUGH ALL THE AGES. HISTORY HAS RECORDED THIS FACT WITH FASCINATING CLARITY. MAN´S BEHAVIOR IS TOTALLY OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL NATURE IN THIS REGARD. CUBA IS NO EXCEPTION. IT IS WHAT IT IS TODAY AND WAS, WHAT IT WAS, GENERATIONS AGO.

  • jorge garrido

    THERE WAS CONFLICT IN THIS COUNTRY, AS RECENT AS, THE MIDDLE OF THE 20TH CENTURY, WHEN AMERICAN CITIZENS JUST BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN WAS BLACK, WERE HOSSED DOWN WITH WATER INDUSTRIAL HOSES AT HIGH PRESSURE AND ALSO WERE ATTACKED BY GERMAN SHEPERD DOGS WHILE ADDITIONALLY HAVING THE LAW OF NOT ALLOWING BLACK CHILDREN TO GO TO SCHOOL WITH WHITE CHILDREN. IN FACT, EVEN TO THIS VERY DATE, WHILE SUPPOSEDLY BLACKS ARE ALLEGEDLY FREE IN THE U.S., BLACKS STILL–FOR THE MOST PART, OF THE TOTAL BLACK POPULATION—WHO RIDE IN BUSES OR RIDE THEIR CARS HOME EVERY DAY—STILL, EITHER GET DOWN AT THE SAME BUS STOPS, PRE CIVIL STRIFE, OR PARK THEIR CARS IN BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD PRESINCTS, WHICH ARE SEPARATED FROM WHITES. HOW DOES A BLACK CHILD FEEL WHEN HE OR SHE DOES NOT LIVE AMONG WHITES AND OTHER RACES. NO NEED TO ANSWER.

  • jorge garrido

    DOES THIS MAKE US A BETTER THAN CUBA, BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY IS SUPPOSEDLY RICH AND MIGHTY. THIS COUNTRY MAY BE RICH AND ADVANCED IN MANY THINGS YET, IT IS POOR AND RETROGRADE IN MANY OTHERS. WHO IS TO SAY WHAT IS BETTER OR WHAT IS WORSE. WE´RE BUT A SPECLE IN THE FACTOR OF TIME. 100 YEARS FROM NOW 99.99% OF THE PERSONS ON EARTH IN 2011 WILL NOT EXIST. CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME WHY THE RICH AND FREE CUBA GOVERNMENT IN THE 1940´S DID NOT VOTE FOR THE FOUNDATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL DURING THE U.N. VOTE HELD FOR THAT PURPOSE? ¿CAN SOMEBODY ALSO TELL ME WHY CUBA TURNED BACK A SHIP WITH 600 JEWS ON-BOARD BACK TO GERMANY? ¿WAS THAT A HUMANE ACT? THERE IS ALWAYS TWO OR MORE SIDES TO EVERY STORY AND iIJUST DON´T SEEM TO SEE IT HAPPENING HERE.