Obama’s Cuban Bailout

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In a speech last month, Raul Castro admitted that “the life of the Cuban Revolution is in the balance. We rectify or we sink.”

“Cuba will be bankrupt in 2011,” added a WikiLeaks cable quoting the Italian ambassador to Cuba.

Last Friday, President Obama threw the desperate Castro regime a lifeline. He signed an executive order further easing travel and remittance restrictions from the U.S. to Cuba. Note that the president waited until after the November elections (such a Democratic initiative would not have helped Democratic candidates in crucial Florida) to sign the executive order. Also note that he announced it on a Friday afternoon, the slowest news period of the week.

As presented by the media, the order sounds pretty innocuous—downright sensible, in fact. After all, the goal is simply to increase “people-to-people” contacts between Americans and Cubans.

But Cuba-watchers weren’t fooled and America’s “Tea-Party Candidate,” Senator Marco Rubio, reacted promptly:

“I strongly oppose any new changes that weaken U.S. policy towards Cuba,” he said Friday afternoon. “I was opposed to the changes that have already been made by this administration and I oppose these new changes…It is unthinkable that the administration would enable the enrichment of a Cuban regime that routinely violates the basic human rights and dignity of its people.”

Note that I wrote “further easing” above. And Senator Rubio mentions “changes that have already been made by this administration.”

From constantly hearing the term in the media, most Americans probably think the U.S. actually “embargoes” Cuba. But in fact:

The U.S. has transacted more than $2 billion worth of business with Castro’s Cuba in the last decade. Until last year, the U.S. served as Castro’s Cuba’s biggest food supplier and fifth biggest import partner. Furthermore, the U.S. has been Cuba’s biggest donor of humanitarian aid, including medicine and medical supplies for decades. Last year, a defector from Castro’s regime revealed that, owing to Obama’s earlier loosening of remittance restrictions to Cuba, almost $2 billion a year in remittances were succoring the cash-strapped Castro regime. This ranks the U.S. right between Red China and Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela as Castro’s lifeline. At this rate, we’ll soon be number one. Some “embargo.”

Last year, Castro’s Cuba also received 200,000 visitors from the U.S.—legally. Global Travel Industry News reports that another 200,000 Americans visited Cuba illegally. Every euro, peso, lira, pound, dollar, etc. spent in Cuba ultimately lands in the pocket of the regime.

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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.