The absurdity of the Obama administration’s Cuba travel policy

Capitol Hill Cubans neatly sums up and exposes the absurdity that is the Obama administration’s Cuba travel policy:

The Absurdity of “People-to-Castro” Travel

One of the most deceptive — albeit perhaps well-intentioned — aspects of the Obama Administration’s Cuba policy is its so-called “people-to-people” travel.

As we’ve long-stated, the current “people-to-people” trips barely provide any contact with non-governmental Cubans.

To the contrary, from Day 1, these trips are approved by the Cuban dictatorship and their itineraries are almost unanimously composed of visits with Castro regime officials. 

But don’t believe us — here’s an excerpt from CNN’s report this week:

[W]hile the policy has kicked off a debate over what is a “meaningful” exchange, a flood of tour operators has entered the still uncertain world of travel to Cuba.

Americans interested in visiting Cuba are offered free CDs of Cuban music and itineraries that include welcome parties thrown by Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, neighborhood watch groups that were created with the original intention of thwarting a U.S. invasion.”

That’s right — “welcome parties thrown by the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution,” otherwise known as the CDRs.

Of course, CNN fails to explain that the CDRs are the Castro regime’s network of informants that report to the secret police any activities by dissidents and civil society activists.

In other words, they are the first-tier of repression.

And now, they are the first-tier of contact with American “people-to-people” travelers.

So how does this further the Obama Administration’s policy goal of fostering “independence” for the Cuban people from the Castro regime?

It’s absurd.

1 thought on “The absurdity of the Obama administration’s Cuba travel policy”

  1. The CDRs hold a special place in the annals of Cuban infamy. They signify the baseness to which Cubans sunk and which sank Cuba. They are, in fact, an excellent example of what Hannah Arendt called the banality of evil, and it is important to note they were set up in every block of every town and city in Cuba. This means that people low and perverse enough to spy and rat on their neighbors on behalf of a totalitarian tyranny were found on EVERY block of habitation throughout the entire country. The stain and stench of that, the shame, dishonor and indignity of it, will never die, and it should never be forgotten. It should provoke eternal disgust, revulsion, rejection and condemnation–not so much on account of the past, which cannot be changed, but on account of the future, which should most certainly rise and remain resolutely above such vileness.

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