The Obama-Castro handshake, a confirmation of U.S.-Cuba relations under Obama
"President Obama! I THANK you from the bottom of my heart!"
Sec. of State Kerry insists that the handshake was part of normal diplomatic protocol and signals no major change in U.S. policy towards Cuba. He’s right. In fact, President Obama was being anything but hypocritical by shaking Raul Castro’s hand. He was merely confirming the U.S.–Cuba relationship nowadays.
Oh, I know, I know. All you read about in the media, in your textbooks blah…blah…is about a “cruel” and “vindictive” and “archaic” embargo, even a “blockade,” by the mean Yankee bullies against the innocent and plucky Castroites who want nothing more than our friendship–and who amply deserve it. So perhaps some meticulously-documented clarifications are in order:
In executive order after executive order, President Obama abolished President Bush’s travel and remittance restrictions to Castro’s terror-sponsoring fiefdom and opened the pipeline to a point where the cash-flow from the U.S. to Cuba today is estimated at $4 billion a year. While a proud Soviet satrapy Cuba received $3-5 billion annually from the Soviets. In brief, almost every year since Obama took office more cash has been flowing from the U.S. to Cuba than used to flow there from the Soviets at the height of their Cuba-sponsorship.
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