More Cuba “Expertise!”–(from the Brookings Institution this time)
"As the guerrilla army made its triumphal entry into Havana and the infant revolution shifted leftward, a hallmark of its anti-imperialist ethos became the loudly proclaimed nationalizations of the U.S.-based firms that had controlled many key sectors of the Cuban economy, including hotels and gambling casinos, public utilities, oil refineries, and the rich sugar mills."
Hate to break the news to all these "Experts": but in 1959, U.S. investments in Cuba accounted for only 14 percent of the island's GNP, and U.S. owned companies employed only 7 percent of Cuba's workforce.
Now regarding The Brookings Institution, from their website:
"Brookings is proud to be consistently ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank.
Regarding the credentials crowning the Brooking's Cuba "Expert" quoted above:
Richard Feinberg is professor of international political economy at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego. Feinberg served as special assistant to President Clinton and senior director of the National Security Council’s Office of Inter-American Affairs. He has held positions on the State Department's policy planning staff and worked as an international economist in the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of International Affairs.
And his education on Cuba derived essentially from Godfather II
Absolutely Un-'Freakin Real.
My favorite quip from Jorge ("el viejo") Mas:
"Here in the U.S. people complain that these doggone Cubans "OWN EVERYTHING in Florida!" Well, what makes folks think that people who landed on these shores with the mere clothes on their back and not knowing the language and shortly came to "own everything," were incapable of owning the businesses in their OWN country?!"
(hideously paraphrased but his famous quip was somewhere along those lines.)