President Obama is being applauded by his pandering members of the left’s publicity machine for poking a stick in the eye of the GOP and its likely 2016 Presidential candidates. The economic geniuses at the NYT pretend that there is suddenly a long line-up of American corporations running for their executive jets ardently anxious to unwrap the supposed Christmas present being handed to them and awaiting them in Cuba.
We’re excited to sell average Cubans a couple of Chevys? Or perhaps three of four Teslas? How? Cubans are broke. Fifty cars were sold in Cuba during the past 6 months. The Castros and the military hold all the money. The Castro family has been filling its personal bank accounts with plunder since the revolution. At the same time it has used government funds to agitate mobs clamoring for communism in Central and South America, to finance and support existing dictatorships, and to finance terrorism against the United States.
The Castros accumulated so much cash offshore in 50 years that now they’ll perhaps spend a few of those hard-earned Dollars, (not the “Cuban Convertible Pesos – CUC,” or the lowly “Cuban Pesos – CUP”) on a tractor or two, . . . umm, oh hang on, America is already a principal supplier of products to Cuba. So what gives? Easy: Banking and credit. The bankers are looking for direct access to the Castro generals, rather than having to circumnavigate around sanctions through European or Canadian banks. While it is entirely possible that Obama is looking for a pretext to close Guantanamo before he leaves office and turn over the land to Castro, the banks don’t much care — they have their eyes on cash.
Increasing “business” and “financial” ties with these military dictators will make these thugs richer, increase their power, broaden their influence, and accomplish absolutely nothing of substance for the Cuban citizenry. We cannot change their mindsets and their ideologies, and certainly cannot change their relationships to the forceful acquisition of personal wealth.
The apologetic MSM is confused, so it pretends that sanctions did not work and therefore any change will be an improvement. The MSM was as surprised as everyone else to Obama’s startling Cuba announcement yesterday. The MSM suggests this may have been a move against Putin’s plans to establish a base in Cuba — of course the fact that Putin and his Russia are now in very serious financial trouble with a rubble crashing worse than the price of oil probably means Putin regrets his recent waving of Cuba’s $32 billion debt. Putin has more critical problem than placing a base in Cuba. Are we witnessing a race to see who kisses Castro most effectively?
Obama’s teleprompter gibberish spewed more inane idiocies which had nothing to do with his real agenda. The confused international community looking for rationale cannot find any because it doesn’t understand who and what Obama is, stimulating the guessing to flow in abundance.
Obama claimed of his Castro deal, “Where we disagree, we will raise those differences directly.” Really? When? Why were those differences not raised prior to an agreement? Why was there no qui pro quo? Why NOTHING on freedom, on voting, on elections, on release of confiscated property, etc., etc. The speech was full of embarrassing clichés ensuring that we heard Obama believed in motherhood and apple pie, however, he could not help betray his feelings toward America when he told Castro, “Today I want to be honest with you. . . . let us leave behind the legacy of both colonization and communism . . . “ There it is. The single most telling word to waft across the airwaves from his teleprompter, “colonization.” He continues to harbor the sentiments which drove his father to become an activist against America. In his mind these are two truths, . . . America spreads colonization, while Cuba is a communist nation. He doesn’t grasp that only one of those is almost a fact.
The Stalinist Castro junta, which controls every element in Cuba’s economy and has a history of committing extortion on foreigners, on its own people, and on foreign corporations, will enjoy new-found wealth, status, and influence. In Havana, the Castro funded and orchestrated celebrations of Obama’s announcements, may play well in the White House, but mean nothing to a vast majority of Cubans. The Cuban people have been insulted and the rest of the world is confused. Obama has not helped Americans drowning in poverty, or improved the plight of Americans sinking into despair from years of unemployment, but he tells Cubans that he is going to bring them freedom and wealth? Perhaps they too have heard his speeches on Obamacare.
The apology tour continues.