One unintended consequence of the US Embargo of Cuba appears to be creating an opportunity for Iran to make its influence felt less than 100 miles from Florida. According to newspaper accounts printed in Teheran today, Iran has just issued a 500 million Euro credit line to Cuba for the reconstruction of Cuba’s energy network. I wonder how many jobs that this is creating in Iran, which inevitably will be supplying equipment to Cuba for this infrastructure improvement.
There is something very disconcerting seeing pictures like this. We appear to be continually shooting ourselves in our collective feet and then wondering why our feet hurt so badly. It is time to re-examine the US embargo of Cuba that only the US is observing. Even Canada, our closest ally, does business in Cuba on a daily basis. What has to happen before Congress takes the time to hold hearings on this subject?
I left Cuba in 1960 when I was 10 years old and am still traumatized by my memories there. I truly feel that the embargo has worked in favor of the image of Castro's régime. It has made a victim out of him. He and the hoodlums who run the country are by no means victims. They live in wealth while it is the people they claim to represent and protect who live in the most deplorable conditions.ReplyDelete
Do I think the régime would give contracts to the US such as this one if there were no embargo? No. Why? Because it is difficult to know what is meant by “reconstruction of Cuba’s energy network”. Since when does the régime care if Cubans have quality of life or not? And, isn’t nuclear power considered an energy alternative? Add to this that Venezuela is selling Uranium to Iran. Wow, isn’t that the perfect solution to eventually become the biggest threat the US ever had? And only 90 miles away!!