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It’s the economy, estupido.

Cuba "sharply" reduces US food imports.

Imports fell 26 percent in 2009 to $528 million, after peaking at $710 million the year before, according to a report Wednesday by the New York-based U.S.-Cuba Economic Trade Council, which provides nonpartisan commercial and economic information about the island and claims to have no position on policy.

"The decrease has nothing to do with U.S. regulations, U.S. law or U.S. policy," said John Kavulich, a senior policy analyst at the council. "It is a function of Cuba not having the resources."

Seems to me like it's a question of priorities. They certainly have the resources to control every aspect of Cuban life, and they certainly have the resources to provide other countries like Venezuela with experts and doctors and materials and equipment whatnot, and they certainly have the resources to export the revolution around the world, so it stands to reason that they could - if they were interested in actually feeding their people - use the "resources" from all of their propaganda programs to buy food, no?

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