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Title: Why the Embargo Against Cuba?
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URL Source: https://www.fff.org/2021/04/23/why-the-embargo-against-cuba/
Published: Apr 24, 2021
Author: Jacob G. Hornberger
Post Date: 2021-04-24 08:44:25 by Ada
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Views: 137
Comments: 12

Now that Cuban president Raul Castro has resigned the presidency of Cuba, will the U.S. government lift its six-decades-long economic embargo against Cuba?

Don’t count it. Squeezing the life out of the Cuban people as a way to get regime change has become such a normalized way of life for the United States that it is unlikely that this cruel and brutal policy will be ended anytime soon.

Back in the day, the embargo was justified as part of the Cold War against “godless communism” and, specifically, the international communist conspiracy that was supposedly based in Moscow, Russia and that supposedly threatened to envelope the United States and the rest of the world. (Yes, that Russia, the one we are being called upon, once again, to treat as our official enemy.) The Pentagon and the CIA steadfastly maintained that the “national security” of the United States was gravely threatened by a communist outpost only 90 miles away from American shores.

But when the Cold War suddenly and unexpectedly came to an end in 1989, the embargo just kept gong and going. And even though former communist dictator Fidel Castro is now dead and his brother Raul is now out of the presidency, there is no push within the federal government to finally bring an end to this cruel and brutal program.

What’s up with that? The U.S. government doesn’t have an embargo against communist Vietnam, whose northern half killed some 58,000 American men. Why have an embargo against a country that has never attacked the United States or even threatened to do so?

I suspect that part of the reason is that the CIA has never been able to get over the humiliation of having been defeated when its ragtag army of Cuban exiles invaded Cuba in 1961 in a futile attempt to secure regime change on the island. In fact, my hunch is that the CIA and the Pentagon have never been able to get over the fact that their entire regime- change operations against Cuba, including sabotage, terrorism, and assassination, as well as the embargo, failed to oust the communist regime and replace it with a U.S.-installed regime, one that would, once again, do the bidding of the U.S. government.

In the ultimate analysis, it’s all about empire and control. During the Spanish-American War in 1898, the U.S. came to the defense of Cuba in its war for independence from the Spanish Empire. Once Spain was defeated, however, the U.S. government double-crossed the Cubans and refused to permit them their independence. Instead, the fledgling U.S. Empire simply replaced the Spanish Empire.

The U.S. Empire then proceeded to control Cuba for the next 60 years through a succession of pro-U.S. dictators who agreed to do the bidding of the U.S. government. They were what are sometimes referred to as “puppets”—dancing to the strings of U.S. control. That’s in fact how the U.S. government got its imperial outpost in Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. government’s puppet regime in Havana gave that portion of Cuba to the United States.

One of the U.S. puppets was Fulgencio Batista, a corrupt pro-U.S. tyrant who was ousted by the Cuban revolution in 1959. One of his programs was to have his government goons go out into the Cuban countryside and kidnap young girls — minors. They would then bring them back to Havana, where they would be handed over to the Mafia-controlled casinos, which were giving Batista a cut of the action. The girls would be handed over to the high-rollers in the casinos as sexual favors.

U.S. officials loved Batista and were hoping that he would remain in power. It was not to be. The person who instigated the revolution was a woman named Celia Sanchez, who had a young girlfriend who was kidnapped by Batista’s goons and then raped as a sexual favor in the Mafia’s casinos.

What the Pentagon and the CIA want today is to resume control over Cuba with another pro-U.S. dictator who will do their bidding, just like before the Cuban revolution. That’s what the embargo is all about. That’s why they continue to target the Cuban people with death and economic privation. They want to resume control over Cuba, and they want it bad.

There is something else to keep in mind about the U.S. government’s relationship with Cuba for the last 60 years: It has always been the U.S. government that has been the aggressor. It is the U.S. government that has targeted the Cuban people with death and economic privation with its embargo. It has been the U.S. government that has engaged in sabotage and terrorism against the Cuban people. It is the U.S. government that has repeatedly tried to murder Cuban officials, even in partnership with the Mafia, one of the biggest criminal organizations in the world.

Finally, I would be remiss if I failed to point out that the U.S. government’s embargo against Cuba has always been a direct attack on the natural, God-given rights of freedom of travel and economic liberty of the American people. After all, let’s not forget that Americans are the ones who are arrested, prosecuted, and incarcerated for traveling to Cuba and spending money there without the official consent of their Washington overlords.

If the American people wished to begin restoring a sense of morality to the U.S. government and a small bit of economic freedom to their lives, a good place to begin would be by bringing about an end to the six- decades-old embargo against Cuba. It’s an evil and destructive Cold War dinosaur that deserves extinction.

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#1. To: Ada (#0)

With MK Ultra, Cuban casinos, Mexican cartels, South American cocaine brothels ....

The CIA has always had a strong interest in promoting fucking and murdering little kids for money. It’s what they do.

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ghostdogtxn  posted on  2021-04-24   10:15:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Ada (#0)

They want Cuba as the 51st state.

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TommyTheMadArtist  posted on  2021-04-24   12:04:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Ada (#0) (Edited)

It makes no sense at all. Overall it sounds like DC saw Cuba as a small brown country they could take our their life's problems on. Certainly the Bay of Pigs was a horrible idea. If communism really was the problem there have to be 100 better was to beat it than all this torture. Why favor Puerto Rico and give Cuba the deep freeze?

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NeoconsNailed  posted on  2021-04-24   12:13:07 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Ada (#0)

Why didn't we grab Cuba in the Spanish-American war?

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Lod  posted on  2021-04-24   12:47:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Ada (#0)

Squeezing the life out of the Cuban people as a way to get regime change has become such a normalized way of life for the United States that it is unlikely that this cruel and brutal policy will be ended anytime soon.

Any idea why Juanita Castro came to the US???

Cynicom  posted on  2021-04-24   13:02:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: TommyTheMadArtist (#2)

Gotta stand in line behind the District of Criminals and Puerto Rico.

Ada  posted on  2021-04-24   13:12:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Cynicom (#5)

Any idea why Juanita Castro came to the US???

She was a CIA agent

Ada  posted on  2021-04-24   13:16:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Lod (#4)

Why didn't we grab Cuba in the Spanish-American war?

We did and occupied the country until 1902. IIRC some very rich Cubans involved in the sugar trade convinced us to leave.

Ada  posted on  2021-04-24   13:20:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: ghostdogtxn (#1)

Cuban casinos, Mexican cartels, South American cocaine brothels ....

CIA has no trouble getting along with the above and preferred that they control Cuba.

Ada  posted on  2021-04-24   13:21:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Ada (#7)

She was a CIA agent

Snicker.

Cynicom  posted on  2021-04-24   14:59:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Cynicom (#10)

She claimed so, so why doubt?

Juanita initially hailed the revolution's 1959 triumph over the US- backed dictator, Fulgencio Batista, and supported its social programmes by working in health clinics. But executions of opponents and the squelching of democratic hopes disillusioned her. She was already discreetly aiding dissidents when, according to her book, the wife of the Brazilian ambassador in Havana, Virginia Leitao da Cunha, asked her to meet a CIA agent, Tony Sforza. Sforza had previously worked on a Cuba-related CIA project known as Operation Mangosta.

Ada  posted on  2021-04-24   15:42:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Ada (#0)

Gee whiz, those Communists weren't so bad! Look, even the libertarian snob, Jacob Hornberger says so! Oy vey! It was the US government that caused all that misery and suffering in Cuba, not Castro. Not to mention all the misery and suffering in the Soviet Union.

It's about time the US got onboard and let Cuba suck on Uncle Sam's tit until we're all equal. We owe them a piece of the Green New Deal.


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Anthem  posted on  2021-04-26   0:29:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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