Putin Robbed Blind by the Castros

ppRussian president Vladimir “Teflon” Putin is on a roll—or so we’re led to believe by the media. The Russian president combines the slick machismo of James Bond, the cojones of George Patton and the craftiness of Cardinal Richelieu.

Actually, in his dealings with Cuba, Putin looks more like Barney Fife. We’re not accustomed to seeing Mr Macho-Cool Vladimir Putin made an international jackass. But many Cuba-watchers snickered as the hapless Russian President met with the Castro brothers on July 11th and “wrote off” their $32 billion debt to the Soviet Union.

“That old thing? I never liked it anyway,” Cuba-watchers easily imagine Putin hissing through gritted teeth. “We will provide support to our Cuban friends to overcome the illegal blockade of Cuba,” is what Putin actually hissed for the record.

Vladimir Putin rose to the rank of Lieut. Colonel in an organization that tortured and murdered at roughly TWICE the rate of the Nazi SS. So his offense at the “illegal” U.S. embargo of a KGB-founded, terror-sponsoring regime should provoke only chortling and snorting. Instead it’s probably causing a fit of the vapors at the State Dept. and in faculty lounges nationwide.

Not that Putin left Cuba completely empty-handed. Instead the Russians reclaimed the Evil Empire’s largest foreign spying base, located in Lourdes just south of Havana. The Soviets built this complex– capable of electronic spying on everything from the U.S. Military’s Central and Southern command to NASA facilities– in 1967 and manned it until 2001. That year financial problems and pressure from the U.S. forced the Russians to close and abandon it. Interestingly it was (then) Russian President Vladimir Putin who felt compelled to lock it up and scurry out.

This re-colonization by the Russians of a spy base on our very borders is obviously important, but surely a true Russian Richelieu could have reclaimed the base for less than $32 billion, especially with an Obama in the White House.

Putin’s visit to the colonial outpost his “old” outfit (the KGB) helped convert from a vibrant capitalist nation swamped with European immigrants into a vast sewer, slum and prison that repels even impoverished Haitians disgusted most Cuban dissidents. The loathing of most Cubans (including many communists) for Che Guevara owed much to Guevara’s groupie-like devotion to the Soviets who infested Cuba and roundly repelled almost all Cubans.

Putin’s fleecing by the Castro brothers provides more proof (if we actually needed any) that rarely in modern history has any item of U.S. foreign policy triumphed as patently (or hilariously) as the so-called U.S. embargo of Castro’s Stalinist kleptocracy. Here’s a glittering gem amidst the rubble of so much recent U.S. foreign policy.

Actually the Castros stuck it to Russia years ago, claiming they owed only an outfit named The Soviet Union, which no longer existed–so neither did this outfit’s invoices. Putin, faced with an offer he couldn’t refuse, simply ratified the rooking. The Castros stuck it to Mexico just last year, when its state development Bank Bancomex wrote off almost $500 million Cuba owed them from 15 years back. The Castros stuck it to Europe back in 1986, defaulting on most of their debt to the Paris Club. Fifteen years later the Castros stuck it to French taxpayers again for $175 million.

In 2011 the Castros stuck it even to their old “friends” Nelson Mandela’s South Africa. “The Cuban regime has a long track record of failing to pay back our loans,” lamented South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Trade & Industry as he wrote off almost 2 billion Rand in Cuban debt.

In sharp contrast, thanks to the so-called U.S. embargo of Cuba, the U.S. taxpayer remains unfleeced (at least at the hands of the Castros,) even after almost $4 billion in trade over the past dozen years with Cuba, the world’s most notorious deadbeat. “Wanna trade?” says the current version of the U.S. embargo. “No problemo, Mr Castro. Cash up front, buddy. The American taxpayer will NOT extend you credit. Comprende?

Enacted by the Bush team in 2001 this cash-up-front policy has kept the U.S. taxpayer snickering on the sidelines, much as we snickered at Oliver Douglas dealings with Mr Haney or Steven Spielberg and Larry King’s with Bernie Madoff.

“The problem with Socialism,” famously quipped Margaret Thatcher, “is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.” True enough. But when the communist Castros run out of one sugar-daddy’s money, there’s always another suitor waiting in line. From the Soviets to the Europeans to the Mexicans to the Venezuelans, etc. the Castro brothers—unlike, say, Bernie Madoff—possess a singular talent for keeping their scam running longer than the Energizer Bunny. One born every minute, Mr P.T. Barnum? Ask the Castro brothers. They’ll tell you that ten are born every second.

Alas, an extremely well-funded campaign to include us among P.T Barnum’s cherished customers (i.e. lift the Cuba embargo) is building steam in Washington. Fascinatingly, “libertarians”– those self-described defenders of the U.S. taxpayer, those self-described champions of American sovereignty and pocket books against snooty, sneaky and predatory supranational cabals and elites—these very libertarians now serve as an echo-chamber for David Rockefeller’s Council on Foreign Relations and George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, along with The Trilateral Commission , the Davos Groups, the United Nations, The Arca Foundation, former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, The Ford Foundation, a KGB Lieut Colonel, The Brookings Institute, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Piece (founded by Soviet spy Alger Hiss.)

Today’s “libertarians” march arm in arm chanting the anti-Cuba embargo mantra in perfect rhyme and cadence with every socialist elitist and every secretive supranational outfit mentioned above. Bedfellows don’t get much stranger. Let’s stand back and have a look:

All of the above clamor for an Imperial Democratic President to further circumvent the U.S. Congress and nullify the work of legendary conservative Republican legislators Dan Burton of Indiana and Jesse Helms of North Carolina.

Another name for the Cuba embargo in its current form, after all, is the Helms-Burton act of 1996, sponsored by these Red-State Republicans and constitutionally voted upon and passed by U.S. legislative branch.

But today’s “libertarian constitutionalists” have signed on to one of David Rockefeller’s longest-running and most cherished labors of love. All the above clamor for a brazenly imperial President and disciple of Saul Alinsky to further trash the congressional work of Jesse Helms and Dan Burton (also a Tea Party stalwart until his recent retirement.) This trashing would enable U.S. taxpayers to subsidize the Communist terror-sponsoring regime that stole $7 billion from U.S. stockholders at Soviet gunpoint and came within a hair of nuking us. This nuking was barely foiled at the last second by the aghast Butcher of Budapest:

“What?!” Khrushchev gasped on Oct. 28th 1962, as recalled by his son Sergei. “Is he (Fidel Castro) proposing that we launch missiles from Cuba?….But that is insane!…Remove them (our missiles) as soon as possible! Before it’s too late. Before something terrible happens!”

Oh, I know…I know, Camelot’s court scribes concocted a different version of why the Russian missiles left Cuba. And naturally this version went instantly viral in the MSM, Academia and Hollywood.

At any rate, too bad Rod Serling isn’t around. This freak- show of anti-“embargo” lobbying would make a great episode for The Twilight Zone.

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  • Ginger Li

    Very enlightening, as always, Mr. Fontova. No one knows the Castro gang better than you. Too bad the ‘embargo’ continues – maybe some greedy leftist investors might have gotten beaten out of their ill gotten cash by now. Putin, however, may not have done so bad. He may have figured the $32B was gone anyway – and he now has his listening post back. It may be an invaluable asset given the info Snowden gave him – and the tips garnered on gathering more data.

    • Sam Pyeatte

      BTW, when is Snowden going to assume room temperature? why is it taking so long?

  • UCSPanther

    The biggest irony of the Castro Bros. Regime: They are just as, if not more crooked than the Batista Regime they replaced.

    • pneville

      One very important difference is that under Batista the Cubans had the second highest standard of living in central and south America now they have nothing.

  • nimbii

    Like your writing Fontova. Interesting tie in with the Libertarians and the Soros crowd. Was the 7 billion from American stock holders resulting from the initial the take-over in the 60′s?

  • Conniption Fitz

    Dog eat dog.

    Pigs also eat their own.

  • tkondaks

    The embargo is — what? — 50 years old now?

    And the Castro brothers are still in power.
    We need to try something else and free trade with Cuba and open borders should, I think be tried. Let American products, people, and technology on to the Island and I suspect that the communist regime will crumble in no time.
    I totally respect Mr. Fontova; he’s a champion…but isolation hasn’t freed the enslaved Cuban people.

    • txsense

      I was 19 y.o when Castro rod into Havana, and took power, that was 54 years ago .
      there is no embargo , the embargo is the communist Castro brothers . they can buy anything they want from Canada and every country in Latin America , all Europe they all have commercial and diplomatic relations with Cuba but they don,t you know why? Cuban don’ have currency to pay them, in fact Cuba do not have an economy, even their sugar mills are running at 60% capacity they don’t have parts replacement, they don’t’ have agriculture , even the very basic, blak beans rice flower sugar are rationed. trhey want the U.S to subsidise their economy , give them loans that they never pay like montova says, enrich same business in the us.
      first they need call for verifiable really free election , that they can not participate
      , but they don’ accept that

    • Atikva

      Yeah right, let’s open our borders to another flow of illegal immigrants, that will be the solution.

    • American Patriot

      There is no embargo on Communist Cuba. That is one of the largest lies the Castro dictatorship has spread across the world. There are only limited sanctions on the regime. If Washington lifts all sanctions against Havana, that would only further enrich the Communist dictatorship. In recent years, Cuba has been experiencing record tourism. At the same time, the country has been experiencing record repression, with over 5,000 political arrests made in 2013. And the arrest rate has been increasing every year, with an estimate of over 10,000 political arrests by the end of this year (2014). The record repression is not despite tourism. It is because of record tourism. The Communist dictatorship is fat, happy and cocky because of increased revenues from tourism and also from the fact that the international community generally ignores the increased political repression in the only totalitarian dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere. Instead, many of the fools who want to divest from Israel (the only liberal democracy in the Middle East) want to further enrich the Communist dictatorship in Cuba. Now that is a huge double standard.

  • georgejochnowitz

    Fidel Castro, who is no longer in power, was interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg in 2010. During the interview, Fidel said that Israel had the right to exist as a Jewish state, without a doubt.

    • Atikva

      So what, so did the USSR back in 1947, before they created the “palestinian” myth aimed at Israel’s destruction. Words from any communist government are just noise anyway, what they do is another story.

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  • Dyer’s Eve

    Brilliant article! Communists never grow old, their heads just get thicker.
    “…and the world is a hard place to land on”.