Monkey see, monkey do: European Union stokes its long-smoldering romance with Castro regime

Federica Mogherini, top E.U. negotiator

Those once-crafty Europeans are not going to let the U.S. get all the good deals with the Castro regime.

Or so they think.

So, if the U.S. is negotiating with Castro, Inc., then they must do the same. Monkey see, monkey do.

The Old World buffoons seem to think that Castrogonia is “strengthening its ties with the West.”

One must assume that the Europeans — like the Americans — are ignoring all of the Castronoid hanky panky with Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Hamas, and other enemies of the U.S. and the E.U., as well as the countless times that Castro, Inc. has refused to pay what it owes to those who trade with it.

Could they really be that obtuse?

Raul Castro, top negotiator for his own kingdom
Raul Castro, top negotiator for his own kingdom

Perhaps.  But naaaah.  Get real.  It’s much more likely that they’re simply greedy and foolish –a lethal combination– the same deadly cocktail being swilled by all the American farmers and businesses who think they can find “trade dollars” in Castrogonia,

Ethics?  No one needs no stinkin’ ethics when there are slaves to exploit and money to be made.

Hop back three centuries.  Welcome back to 1715, or thereabouts, when those fully loaded slave ships were crossing the Atlantic and plenty of Europeans and North and South Americans were cashing in on their cargo.

As French slavers used to say: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. The more things change, the more things stay the same. Slavery has never really been out of fashion, and probably won’t ever be, until the Second Coming of Christ.

Why couldn’t the U.S. or the E.U. send William Shatner, the Priceline negotiator, to get at least a minimally decent deal? Or just to have one negotiator in the mix who is photogenic?

Or how about Gold Hat — “we don’t need no stinkin’ badges”–  the character from the film The Treasure of Sierra Madre, who was not at all photogenic, but really knew how to approach negotiations with a winning attitude ?

Roberta Jacobson, U.S. negotiatior
Roberta Jacobson, top U.S. negotiatior

From the stiff-upper-lip set at the BBC:

Top EU diplomat Mogherini to visit Cuba “at crucial time”

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has announced she will visit Cuba later this month.

Ms Mogherini said Cuba was facing a very interesting period and the EU wanted to build on the momentum to “take the relationship forward”.

She is the highest-ranking EU official to visit Cuba in several years.

The communist-run island is in advanced negotiations with the US to restore relations severed more than five decades ago.

Ms Mogherini’s visit, on 23 and 24 March, is being seen as another sign that the communist-run island is strengthening ties with the West.

“The EU has been closely following the developments in Cuba and its relations with key international players, which create new dynamics in the region and in Cuba itself, and provide new opportunities for all,” Ms Mogherini said.

‘Terrorism sponsors’
The EU lifted sanctions on Cuba over its human rights record in 2008.

Last year it launched negotiations to improve relations with Havana on human rights, trade and economic relations.

William Shatner, a.k.a. Captain Kirk, Priceline negotiator
William Shatner, a.k.a. Captain Kirk, top  Priceline negotiator 
Gold Hat, top Hollywood negotiator: "Ethics? We ain't got no ethics. We don't need no ethics. I don't have to show you any stinkin' ethics!"
Gold Hat, top Hollywood negotiator: “Ethics? We ain’t got no ethics. We don’t need no ethics. I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ ethics!”


5 thoughts on “Monkey see, monkey do: European Union stokes its long-smoldering romance with Castro regime”

  1. It’s amazing. Yes, Dr. Eire, “the more things change, the more they remain the same!” And what is worst, the same ilk that 50 years ago was applauding the expulsion of Americans from Cuba because they were after all exploiting Cubans are now welcoming them back, NAY, demanding that they come back and attacking anyone who is against their return by suggesting that they are insufferable, retrogrades, etc…

    Because everybody knows that unscrupulous American multinationals known for their rapacious wheeling and dealing foster democracy in “left winged” dictatorships. Everywhere else, the “Left” talks about American exploitation [remember the maquinadoras of Central America?] but in Cuba, these mammoth companies become goodwill ambassadors that will teach Cubans how to live in a democracy.

    Cuba is the preverbal fallen tree and what do people do with fallen trees? They freely take all of the lumber that they can.

  2. Mogherini should be working at our State Department. She’d fit right in with Jen Psaki and Marie Harff (the Dubious Duo).

  3. Cuba is a joke, practically speaking. Nobody takes it seriously, certainly not the way they took South Africa seriously (or at least acted like they did). This shit will never end unless Cubans do what it takes to end it, and that’s not looking too good. I’m afraid that, like Haitians, Cubans have resigned themselves to an irreparably fucked-up country, and the only solution considered viable is leaving it for another country.

    I find it harder and harder to expend energy on getting angry at foreigners for either not caring or being effectively complicit with Castro, Inc. I mean, if so many Cubans are no different, how can we expect outsiders to do the right thing? Because they should? It simply doesn’t work that way. Maybe the best we can do is to try to be part of the solution but decidedly not part of the problem, if only for the sake of dignity and respectability–and make no mistake, lack of respectability IS a big part of the problem.

  4. Is not that Jacobson isn’t photogenic, but that she looks consumptive, or like a startled, fragile bird. In other words, she comes across as anything but formidable, which I’m pretty sure she’s NOT.

  5. Asombra, you hit the nail on the head. How can we expect foreigners to do good by Cuba if we don’t? If our community is too shortsighted to create viable think tanks and newspapers in order to counter the MSM propaganda? If our millionaires prefer to be fashionable by holding fundraisers for Obama’s reelection [a certain record producer comes to mind] or sign public letters asking for a lifting of the embargo [What’s it all about Alfie?], or any time the Van Van’s come to Miami, the arena gets full of cubanoids? I know Cubans who go to Cuba two and three times a year. It’s sickening.

    So, yes, we can’t ask South Americans, Europeans or Americans to do good by Cuba. We have to first sweep around our own back door, cause we sure as hell got a lot of sweeping to do!

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