How easily Romney or Santorum could have enjoyed their “Gingrich in South Carolina Moment!” How easily Gingrich could have basked in another! The Media 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 smartaleck bring up the subject 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, Pres. Obama abolished Pres. 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, Brian? Find me the dictionary that defines all the above as such.
According to figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Brian, 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, Brian: 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, that 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, Brian, 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.
Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.