"Cuba Policy isn't made in Washington," griped Bill Press in a CNN column. "It's made in Miami by former Batista supporters who think they can reverse history!"
"Bush's defense of the (Cuban) embargo serves a family voting bloc and little else!" once griped Kathleen Parker in a column.
"A small number of powerful exiles in South Florida cow our politicians into keeping the crazy Cuban policy!" griped media baron Al Neuharth in USA Today
While in Rwanda in 2008, Bush answers press questions
and affirms continuation of Cuba embargo.
“The powerful Cuban exile lobby has long dictated the U.S.'s Cuba policy.” Tim Padgett, Time Magazine.
And it goes much further. Those insufferable Cuban-exile embargo lobbyists have managed to get Bill Buckley and Gore Vidal, Chris Dodd and Larry Craig, Pat Buchanan and Antonio
George Will and Noam Chomsky, The Brookings Institution and the Cato Institute, the Wall Street Journal
and The Nation
, The U.S. Communist Party and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce--all on the same side of an issue. All of the above have come out publicly against the so-called Cuban embargo
. All blame it on the "politically-powerful" and "well-heeled" Cuban-American lobby.
And you are quite welcome, American Taxpayer. To wit:
) cable reported on a breakfast hosted by a U.S. diplomat in Havana with commercial and economic counselors from five of Cuba's largest trading partners -- China, Spain, Canada, Brazil and Italy -- plus key creditor nations France and Japan. The diplomats reported continuing problems collecting their Cuban debts, with the Japanese noting that after restructuring all of Cuba's official debt in 2009, Tokyo had not received any payments…."Even China admitted to having problems getting paid on time and complained about Cuban requests to extend credit terms from one to four years,'' the cable said. France and Canada responded with "welcome to the club. ''
Last month South Africa was also forced to write off 1 billion Rand debt owed to them by Cuba
In fact , despite all the media and political gabble and scribble about some “Cuba embargo,” the U.S. currently serves as Cuba’s biggest food supplier and fifth biggest import partner, selling $710 million worth of U.S. products to Castro’s fiefdom in 2008, and transacting more than $2 billion worth of business with Cuba in the last decade. Nowadays the so-called U.S. embargo merely stipulates that the Castro 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 kept the U.S. taxpayer among the few in the world not screwed and tattooed by Fidel Castro. Just ask the French, Canadians, Japanese, South African, etc. etc. etc.
So again: U.S. taxpayer, you are quite welcome.