For John, BLUF: Time to stop the embargo on Cuba and let free trade subvert the regime. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Sometimes I am confused by the rhetoric coming out of Cuba. In this news item from the Beeb Cuban Raul Castro (1) talks to how
"global power centres" were "subtly introducing neo-liberal and neo-colonial thinking" into Cuba.Then (2) the article talks to:
Cuba has long blamed the US and the trade embargo it has been enforcing since 1960 for the island's economic woes.For sure, if we opened up free trade with Cuba it would tend to undermine their Communist state. Here they get the best of both worlds. The US is causing them suffering by the trade embargo and the US is trying to undermine them. If we really wished to undermine the regime we would open up free trade. Period.
Regards — Cliff