“To me the [Cuba] embargo question is no question at all. Of course, we should keep the embargo in place.” - Donald Trump June 25, 1999
“I think its fine. I think its fine … The concept of opening with Cuba is fine ... but we should have made a better deal.” - Donald Trump Sept. 8, 2015
So what happened? Still more here (emphasis added):
“Several large European investment groups have asked me to take the 'Trump Magic' to Cuba. They have begged me to form partnerships to build casino-hotels in Havana ... we would make a fortune, they promise, and they are no doubt right … but almost every dollar would go to prop up the police-state. Why? Because foreign investors cannot legally do business with private Cuban citizens. They can go into business only with the Castro government. I would rather take a financial hit than become a financial backer of one of the world’s most-brutal dictators. Thereal cause of misery of the Cuban people is Castro's Marxist-Leninist economic system -- not the U.S. embargo.” - Donald Trump June 25, 1999
Since Trump’s (exploratory) campaign declarations in Miami, Florida in 1999 -- where he expertly pushed the hottest buttons of one of that swing state’s most powerful voting blocs -- some things have certainly changed in Castro’s Cuba.
Repression, for instance, has increased several notches -- especially against Christians. The Cuban people’s desperation to risk their lives fleeing the Castroite police state has also increased.
But Cuba’s Marxist-Leninist economic system — along with the edicts that prohibit foreigners from doing business with any Cubans outside the Castro family and close Stalinist cronies — remain firmly in place. Consequently the Castro regime — especially owning to the financial windfall from President Barack Obama’s new policy -- is fat, happy and cocky.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at the Signature Flight Hangar at Port-Columbus International Airport, Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
So what caused Trump’s flip-flop? What caused him to join Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, in wishing to abolish the absolute crown jewel of recent U.S. foreign policy?
What has caused this “anti-establishment” Republican candidate to join hands on this issue with The Council on Foreign Relations, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Congressional Black Caucus and The Congressional Hispanic Caucus?
What has caused this “rogue outsider” who has pledged to “shake up Washington” from holding hands in a Kumbaya circle on this issue with The Brookings Institute, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Farm Lobby, The United Nations, The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, The World Council of Churches, The Trilateral Commission, The Davos Group, The Organization of American States and the United Nations?
All of the organizations and institutions mentioned above oppose the so-called Cuba embargo. So what has caused Donald Trump to partner with them against the "Cuba embargo" (better known as the Helms-Burton Act or The Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act) which was voted upon and codified into U.S. law by the elected lawmakers of the American people?
Oh, I know, I know … you keep hearing and reading from the (typically mendacious) mainstream media axis along with (typically dogmatic and ignorant) libertarians that the Cuba embargo “has failed.”
In fact, the Cuba embargo has proven among the most phenomenally successful U.S. foreign policy ventures since World War II — especially at saving the U.S. taxpayer billions. This rip-roaring victory for middle-America’s pocketbook was fully documented right here at TheBlaze last year.
You see, amigos: Until quite recently the so-called U.S. embargo mostly stipulated that the Castro family crime syndicate (called “Cuba” by the media) pay cash up front through a third–party bank for all U.S. medical and agricultural products; no Export-Import (U.S. taxpayer) financing of such sales. This cash-up-front policy has kept the U.S. taxpayer among the few spared fleecing by the Castro family crime syndicate.
Per-capita-wise, Cuba qualifies as the world’s biggest deadbeat, with an uninterrupted record of defaults. Recently Europe’s “Paris Club” of Cuba creditors finally wrote off $11 billion that Cuba stole from them.
That’s on top of the $30 billion the Putin-KGB crime syndicate (called “Russia” by the media) “wrote-off” as uncollectable Cuba debt last year.
So U.S. taxpayers, if it’s true that “political pressure” by a “powerful” and sinister cabal of Cuban-American Republican string-pullers maintain the so-called embargo — then, well…you are quite welcome! Glad we could help!
“The world laughs at us!” says Donald Trump to hysterical ovations from his fans. He refers to how foreign politicians and businessmen take advantage of U.S. trade policies as enacted by “elites.”
Fine, Mr. Trump. But when it comes to business with Cuba its America’s middle class laughing at the rest of the world. Why on earth should we change that? Why on earth should we revoke one of our few victories?
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