Republican Debaters Miss the Boat on Cuba

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How easily Romney or Santorum could have enjoyed their “Gingrich in South Carolina Moment!” How easily Gingrich could have basked in another! Debate moderator Brian Williams lobbed it over home plate and not even Gingrich bothered to swing.

But the vital Florida primary, with its vital Cuban-American (the most lopsidedly Republican ethnic group in modern U.S. history) voters, is still a week away. So all is not lost. So should some media smart aleck bring up the the so-called “Cuban embargo” again, here, gentlemen, is how you bash it out of the park:

What embargo of Cuba, Brian? Can you clarify a little? Or kindly instruct your staff to actually research the issue before they craft these asinine questions?” Here, I’ll even help them:

In executive order after executive order, President Obama abolished President Bush’s travel and remittance restrictions to Castro’s terrorist-sponsoring fiefdom and opened the pipeline to a point where the cash-flow from the U.S. to Cuba today is estimated by Senator Marco Rubio at $4 billion a year.  While a proud Soviet satrapy Cuba received $3-5 billion annually from the Soviets.  You call that an embargo? Find me the dictionary that defines all the above as such.

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 Stalinist Cuba’s biggest donor of humanitarian aid, including medicine and medical supplies, for decades.

Here’s more for your notebook: 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. Enacted by the Bush team in 2001, this cash-up-front policy has been monumentally beneficial to U.S. taxpayers, making them among the few in the world not screwed and tattooed by the Castro regime, which per capita-wise 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 & Poors refuses even to rate Cuba, regarding the economic figures released by its Stalinist apparatchiks as utterly bogus.

From Kennedy to Carter to Clinton the proof piled up, and it said: playing nice with the Castro brothers only emboldens them to more terrorism abroad and repression at home.  But now, President Obama is playing nicest of all.

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  • Amused

    Who's the "butcher of Budapest " and what did he do ?

    • mrbean

      He was the Kremlin leader Anastas Mikoyan who unleashed the Red Army with tanks on the civilians killing thousands in Budapest during the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and President Eisenhauser did nothing to our shame. Most of the Hungarian immigrants went to Canada because Comminist sympathizers in our State Department blocked and denied requests for political asylum coming from Vienna, Austria. Eisenhauer is a great example of fatigue makes cowards of us all.

      • Amused

        thanks mr. bean I was aware of the Hungarian uprising , but was not familiar with that name /title .

      • intrcptr2

        As I recall, the traditional understanding is that Eisenhower exchanged our ignoring Hungary for the Soviets staying out of the Suez Crisis.

        I agree, though, allowing the Soviets to simply run over the Hungarians is a huge stain on our history. But then we did nothing in '48 or '53 in Berlin, or in Prague in '68.

  • Steve Chavez

    What can be done to encourage a Cuban Spring with all the $4billion in cash payments to relatives? Could they revolt when a new Republican President cuts off that cash since they would be like drug addicts who are cut off cold? Could they tell the relatives that there will be billions more if Castro is gone?

    IF FIDEL IS NOT OVERTHROWN BEFORE HE DIES, HE WILL BE IDOLIZED FOREVER LIKE CHE!

    HOW TO CREATE A CUBAN SPRING: Have Cubans in Miami set a date to start a Cuban Spring of their own. News will reach Cuba and Cubans should then pass the word that they will show up in mass too. The world will be watching Cuba and their actions. Will they mow the protesters down like their comrades in China's Tienanmen Square and which will be seen on Youtube within hours? Obama and Hillary, who idolize Fidel and Che, and who criticized Egypt and took military action in Libya, will be forced to do more than a public condemnation in their "strongest terms." What will Michael Moore and Hollywood do since they too supported actions in the Middle East? What will university professors do? Will they all label the protesters as "counter-revolutionaries" and agree with Fidel's actions? Oh, and don't give me the "Fidel is not the leader" crapola! He still calls all the shots and still orders for people to be shot!!!

  • mrbean

    Blame John F. Kennedy for Cuba. Nikita Khruschev got exactly what he wanted from a weak President who talked a good fight but behind the scenes was weak. The Berlin wall got built and the "Hand Off Cuba" agreement was signed and dealed for 100 years establishing a permanent Communist regime only 90 miles from Florida. Just think, had Kennedy not betrayed the Cuban freedom fighters at the Bay of Pigs none of this would have happened. Oswald killed Kennedy – hmmmm… yeh sure,,,, hmmmm

  • Daniel

    "So yes, in fact it is high time to change our policy towards Cuba. We should work to impose a genuine embargo"

    What exactly is a "genuine embargo"? Didn't we have one of those against Saddam's Iraq and Gadhafi's Libya? Lots of good they did. No, what we need is genuine free trade and people visiting back and forth, that creates a better standard of living for the average Cuban and opens them up to information from the outside world. Isolationism never works. Too bad there's only one candidate who's willing to promote real free trade and dialogue, and we all know who that is.

  • Brujo Blanco

    It is tragic that the Semocrats and Obama in particular are at all supportive of this regime. Obama stood shoulder to shoulder with the Casteo brothers, communist Nicagua, and communist Venezuela by forcing Honduras with actual threat of invasion by Nicaragua to reinstall anpresident that was lawfully kicked out of office.

  • Daniel

    Interesting how FrontPageMag publishes an article against trading and traveling to Cuba, yet on the right side of the page there is an ad for travel to Vietnam. Lol, can't make this stuff up.

    • Amused

      LOLOL……..they also had an add for Che Guevera tee shirts a few months back , go figure !

    • RonL

      FPM does not control the ads. An alrogithm for AdChoices does.

      • Daniel

        Click on the ad. The trip is sponsored by FPM.

    • intrcptr2

      Yeah, real funny, especially considering that the US has had normal relations with Vietnam since the Clinton administration.

      You do realize that Saigon (Sorry, name hasn't changed for me) is now plastered with Coca-Cola signs and the Golden Arches, right?

      • Daniel

        Yep, so why no relations with Cuba?

  • Ghostwriter

    I'm no fan of Castro myself. This guy has committed a ton of human rights violations that are well-documented. Why are there those committed to sanitizing that? Fidel was a monster. He doesn't deserve any praise at all.

  • trickyblain

    Does Fontoya get paid based on how many times he writes "Stalinist"?

    • Amused

      Yup !

  • NotaBene

    This blockade is a huge success. Another fifty years and Castro won't know what hit'im!

  • Amused

    The ONLY people who suffered from our "embargo " was the Cuban people themselves . Wanna get rid of Castro ? Allow travel and tourism to Cuba , lift the embargo and let American dollars ,goods , and culture flood the place .
    Has this stupid embargo worked ? And how long now ? 55 years !!

    • Ray

      What are you talking about? Americans are traveling to Cuba in droves. You know how many "educational" tours are being made every year; everything from university to church and synagogue groups are going. Not to mention, regular Americans who go through third countries. But as statistics show, repression is increasing dramatically not decreasing. 2011 saw the highest number of political arrests in 30 years: 4000! That said, what do you think, American tourism is some sort of panacea, or magic potion? Last year, Cuba had its best year in tourism: 2.7 million! Most of these tourists were Canadians and Europeans, peoples who are just as wealthy and democratic as Americans and they are bringing their currency, goods and culture into Cuba with zilch results.

  • Amused

    Wake up Ray, the embargo dont work .It's 90 miles to Florida , about 3hrs by ship or ferry .Going through a third country is just so much B.S. Tourism AND trade , stop punishing the Cuban people , because you're not punishing Castro or his regime . Trouble is , all the Cubans in Miami many of which flourished under the totally corrupt and murderous Batista , are pandered to by the politicians. many left cuba on their own , not in boats but airliners, cruise shops, and pleasure boats . The majority of them today who do all the sqwalking are second generation , who have been spoon fed their politics and if Cuba was liberated tommorrow , would stay right here in the US . Wabna try another 50 years of futility where only the Cuban people suffer ?