Worse still, news come from the Uruguayan press that while attending a summit In Bolivia this week Uruguayan President (and former Castroite terrorist) Jose Mujica passed along an important message from President Obama to Raul Castro: “President Obama is seeking a meeting with Raul Castro," reads the piece. “Allegedly the message was that the US government was prepared to reach an agreement with Cuba, for among other things lifting the trade embargo. Castro showed great interest in the proposal.”
We BET! President Obama has already delighted Castro by loopholing the Cuba sanctions almost to death. In executive order after executive order, President Obama abolished President Bush’s travel and remittance restrictions to Castro’s terror-sponsoring fiefdom and opened the pipeline to a point where the cash-flow from the U.S. to Cuba today via remittances and travel expenses is estimated at $4 billion a year. Almost half a million people visited Cuba from the U.S. last year. Yet while a proud Soviet satrapy Cuba received $3-5 billion annually from the Soviets. In brief, almost every year since Obama took office more cash has been flowing from the U.S. to Cuba than used to flow there from the Soviets at the height of their Cuba-sponsorship. And more people from the U.S. have been visiting than visited during the year featured in The Godfather II. Result?
The Cuban people are suffering a ten year record of repression at the hands of the fat and happy KGB-trained security forces. The current wave of repression slightly tops the 2013 record wave of repression that coincided with the record tourism revenues that year.)
In brief: record tourism = record repression. In brief: Every shred of observable evidence proves that travel to Cuba and business with its Stalinist mafia enriches and entrenches these KGB-trained and heavily-armed owners of Cuba’s tourism industry. They’re the only outfit in Cuba with guns and they remain the most highly motivated guardians of Cuba’s Stalinist and Terror-Sponsoring status-quo.
Please note: there is no “doing business with Cuba.” There is only doing business with the KGB and GRU trained Stalinist fat-cats who occupy Cuba. Castro’s Stalinist fiefdom allows no genuine private sector, as exists in China. The Cuban “constitution” outlaws all private property.
So, amigos, when you hear the reflexive: “But we do business with China! Why not Cuba?!” The comparison isn’t even an apples to oranges. It’s grapes to pumpkins.
As often mentioned here what’s left of the so-called Cuba embargo protects the U.S. taxpayer against the predatory machinations of the world’s top deadbeat, the Castro-regime who has stiffed every single creditor and who Standard and Poors refuses to even rate, regarding the figures released by its communist apparatchiks as utterly bogus. For over a decade the so-called U.S. embargo has mostly stipulated that Castro’s Stalinist 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.
Among the propagandizers against these safeguards for the U.S. tax-payer (the so-called embargo) and the financiers of this propaganda we find: (David Rockefeller’s) The Council on Foreign Relations, (George Soros’) Open Society Foundation, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The United Nations. The Organization of American States, The Carlyle Group, Archer-Daniels-Midland, Cargill, The Brookings Institute, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The Arca Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The New York Times, Hollywood, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, CNN. All of the above variously lobby (or finance the lobbying) of the U.S. executive branch to circumvent the legislative branch and lift the sanctions against Castro's Cuba by executive fiat. (i.e. to further install an Imperial Presidency.)
Unfortunately for all of the above the sanctions against Castro (so beneficial to the U.S. taxpayer) were codified into law with the Helms-Burton act of 1996. So if anything symbolizes grass roots U.S. constitutionalism vs Fat-Cat lobbying and Imperial Presidency it’s the survival of the so-called Cuba embargo. Not that you’d guess know any of this from consulting the mainstream media.
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.