For years, crackpots, revanchists, intransigents, hard-liners, Mc Carthyites, Batistianos, Falangists, Machadistas, Fascists, Somozistas, Pinochet-istas, Rolando Masferrer-istas, Sanchez-Mosqueristas, Rafael Trujillo-istas, Papa Doc Duvalier-istas, Perez-Jimenez-istas, Rojas-Pinilla-istas, Stroessner-istas, Contra-istas, Franco-istas, Metaxas-istas, Pilsudski-istas, Horthy-istas, Jonas Savimbi-istas, CzarNicholas-istas, Chiang-Kai-Chek-istas, Nguyen Van Thieu-istas, Synghman Rhee-istas, Reagan-istas, Goldwater-istas, etc. etc. etc.–have been bellowing that there’s no such–even remotely–a thing as a a U.S. Embargo of Cuba.
Well, now we KNOW it’s true!!…
Why? You ask.
Because now the identical claim issues from an Obama-ista, (U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice) and at the most hallowed and breath-takingly sacred of all multi-lateral forums: The United Nations:
“I must address two significant distortions in the Cuban position. First, my delegation (U.S.) regrets that the delegation from Cuba continues to label inappropriately and incorrectly U.S. trade restrictions on Cuba as an act of genocide…Second, it is erroneous to charge that U.S. sanctions are the cause of deprivation among the Cuban people. The U.S. maintains no restriction on humanitarian aid to Cuba. In fact, the U.S. is a major source of humanitarian assistance to the Cuban people and the largest provider of food to Cuba.
In 2008, the United States exported agricultural products, medical devices, medicine, wood, and humanitarian items to Cuba. In agricultural products alone, the United States sold $700.1 million of goods to Cuba. Once again, in 2008, the United States was Cuba’s fifth largest trading partner.