The lie of the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba

Contrary to propaganda, trade continues between U.S. companies and the Castro dictatorship, and in 2017 and 2018 U.S. exports to the island increased.

Via Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Paradox of Cuban Trade: U.S. exports to Cuba collapsed in 2015 but now are increasing

The devil is in the details. Stop eating what the chickens are picking at.

Yesterday morning Cuban blogger and journalist tweeted: “Chicken arrived at the neighborhood stores … don’t ask what country it comes from this time … you know ‘that is not talked about’ in the official media.” Performed a quick search of the packaging and found that it is indeed an American export. Hudson Midwest Foods, Inc. is a subsidiary of the American company Tysons foods.

How can this be? If you read the propaganda spread by the Castro regime then you’d believe there is an “economic blockade” that prevents U.S. products entering Cuba.

It is true that economic sanctions have been tightened by the current Administration, and Title III of the Cuban Democracy Act will make life more difficult for those who traffic in stolen properties.

Nevertheless, trade continues between U.S. companies and the Castro dictatorship, and in 2017 and 2018 U.S. exports to the island increased compared to the last two years of the previous Administration.

It is counter-intuitive, but the December 17, 2014 announcement that the United States and Cuba would seek normalized relations was followed by a collapse in U.S. exports to the island.

The Cuban government was no longer interested in buying U.S. products. The first question one should ask was why had the Castro regime been interested in buying them in the first place?

James Prevor, President and Editor in Chief of the publication Produce Business in October of 2002 in the article, Cuba Caution, reported on how Cuba “had exhausted all its credit lines and, at best, was simply rotating the accounts. When the opportunity came to buy from the United States, Cuba simply abandoned all those suppliers who supported the country for 40 years and began buying from us.”  The suppliers were not the ones impacted by Cuba’s failure to pay its debts, the taxpayers of the suppliers’ home countries were left picking up the tab.

U.S. products being sold in larger quantities today in Cuba than four years ago.

Why would the Castro regime double cross the suppliers that had been supporting them for decades?

There are two fundamental reasons.

First, it was an investment to open up the credit spigot of the United States that would provide it with billions more in hard currency.

Seventeen years ago Prevor predicted where things have now arrived in the Cuba policy debate as far as agribusiness is concerned: 

“But what the really big grain traders want is to sell to Cuba on credit – and get those credits provided or guaranteed by various federal loan programs. In effect, these agribusiness behemoths want to sell to Cuba and have the U.S. tax- payer pick up the tab. And their bet is that once produce shippers have gotten a taste of the business, they will become a kind of Amen corner for the Cuban lobby, pushing Congress to approve whatever laws will be to the liking of the Cuban government. This really brings to the forefront why trade with a communist country poses unique dangers to a democratic society.”

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1 thought on “The lie of the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba”

  1. Alas, there are always people who put profit ahead of practically anything, and to them it’s just business.

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