There is money to be made

In the Herald yesterday, an editorial was published calling for the lifting of the US embargo against Cuba’s totalitarian dictatorship. It was written by a California congressman, Michael Honda, and the congressman used 829 words arranged into 13 paragraphs to make his argument for the removal of the embargo. In the editorial, the congressman used the same talking points and arguments that anti-embargo proponents have been using for years: the embargo marginalizes US business interests; it makes us look bad before our Latin American neighbors; it is an anachronistic policy, etc.

Conspicuously missing from congressman’s 13-paragraph, 829-word treatise, however, is any mention whatsoever of the Castro regime’s 5-decade-long assault on Cuba’s civil society. The congressman made no mention of the murders, the beatings, the imprisonments, and the suffocating oppression that has plagued Cuba consistently, with no sign of abatement, since January 1, 1959.

Within those 13 paragraphs there was also no mention of the more recent atrocities on the island such as the harassment of the Ladies in White, or the Black Spring 2003, or Orlando Zapata Tamayo. The congressman weaved an 829-word commentary on the current situation in Cuba without mentioning Oscar Elias Biscet, or Darsi Ferrer, or even Guillermo Fariñas. He did find space, however, to remind the readers that although Cuba is a “poor nation,” it does have 100% literacy and free health care.

In my honest and humble opinion, Congressman Honda missed an opportunity to make his editorial more concise and to the point. By using so many words and so many paragraphs, he clouds his true message regarding Cuba and the embargo. In reality, there are three sentences and 29 words in the piece that boil down the congressman’s editorial to its core message.

[T]here’s money to be made, and Cubans welcome participation. While the United States disengages, countries like Brazil, Russia, Venezuela and China are talking. We are clearly missing investment opportunities.

That is right, Congressman Honda, “there is money to be made” in Cuba. And as long as it remains a nation of slaves run by a despotic slave master, that will enhance the opportunities of American businesses to make money. All this superfluous and confusing talk of human rights, murders, and severe oppression only serves to obfuscate the truly important message that “there is money to be made” in Cuba.

4 thoughts on “There is money to be made”

  1. This fool of a congressman forgets that there is no money to be made with a country that can’t pay it’s debts and owes billions around the world, which is why no one wants to sell to Cuba on credit. We have been selling millions in food to Cuba in cash-only transactions for years, and the provisions of the embargo stipulate that we can sell them all the food and medicines they want, but it must be paid in cash–no credit. What these fools want is to extend credit to Cuba so you and I, the U.S. taxpayers, will be forced to foot the bill. You should mention this in your posting too, Alberto, shame on you for not doing so!

  2. Elemaza:

    I may be wrong, but to my knowledge there is not one proponent of lifting the embargo in either houses of congress that does not include the extension of credit to Cuba as part of their proposed legislation to eliminate the embargo. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this credit, which Castro, Inc. will most certainly default on and the US taxpayers will ending up footing the bill, is the “money to be made” that individuals like Honda and Flake are counting on. This is a congress–both D’s and R’s–that doesn’t give a crap about debt as long as they can buy votes with the proceeds. Since practically everyone on both sides of this argument is aware of this fact, I don’t think I deserve to be “shamed” for not mentioning the obvious.

    The point of my post was to illustrate how these proponents conveniently avoid talking about the reality of Cuba and instead try to frame the discussion in terms of “money to be made.”

  3. Elemaza,

    I was reading your points with interest, until I got to the end. Frankly, if stoning our own soldiers is how people like you would restore Cuba, then we’re in much worse shape than I thought.
    Alberto and others on Babalu do a terrific job of keeping us likeminded folks informed daily. I don’t think we need to ‘shame’ anyone for an occcasional omission. Just sayin’….

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