Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Ending the Cuba Travel Crisis

Miniature flags displayed on the dash of a car in Havana
(AP Photo - Franklin Reyes)

Irrational US policy is keeping hundreds of thousands of Cubans from spending the holidays with their families.

Tom Hayden - The Nation

December 3, 2013

There is an opportunity for President Barack Obama to begin rolling back our Cuba sanctions policy by finding a bank willing to do business with Cuba so that hundreds of thousands of Cubans can spend the holidays with their families. The main reason the Cuban Interests Section in Washington DC cannot process visas and passports is because no bank is willing to handle the financial transactions. The reason the banks are afraid is the US sanctions policy and Cuba’s listing on the global terrorism list. So the irrational US policy has come full circle: Obama's policy of expanding and normalizing purposeful travel to Cuba is prevented by Obama's embargo policies. It's an opportunity to begin lifting the embargo, but chances are the administration is too timid, for now, to fully undo its own senseless policy.


JG: The author is right. I have given up personally on Barack Obama. He doesn't have guts. He is a pussy with no spine. He is more interested in getting donations from the Miami fascists. We will have to wait until we have a responsible POTUS in the oval office.

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