Cuba Embargo Only For Us Subordinates

John Glaser, April 09, 2013

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé are with the terrorists.

Actually they’re with Barack Obama, which allows them the privilege of going on vacation in “enemy country” – something ordinary Americans are forbidden to do by Uncle Sam.

Ed Krayewski:

Jay-Z and Beyoncé visited Cuba for their fifth wedding anniversary last week, reportedly on a license from the Treasury Department. It shouldn’t be surprising that the politically-connected entertainment business couple was able to secure a way to visit the communist country, which is subject to a decades-long trade and travel embargo by the United States.

As Krayewski details, Republicans are playing politics with the the hip-hop couple’s trip to Cuba. You see, it’s a great opportunity to associate President Obama with Castro-loving commie celebrities and to frame his selective endorsement of the trip as elitist. The latter part is accurate.

“Senator Marco Rubio wants the Obama administration to explain why Jay-Z and Beyoncé were allowed to visit Cuba,” Krayewski writes. “The more important question is why aren’t we?”

Indeed. Cuba has elicited particular ire from Washington ever since the Eisenhower administration, a byproduct of Cold War justifications for US grand strategy, which seeks to maintain hegemony and crush economic, geo-political, or ideological defiance.

Cold War rhetoric is stale, though, so Washington has resorted to declaring Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism, a blanket accusation Washington applies to any government it doesn’t like. Contrary to more public statements, a State Department report last year found that Cuba’s ties to so-called terrorist groups are tenuous at best.

Cuba has repeatedly reached out to Washington, as President Raul Castro did last summer, insisting that Cuba “is willing to mend fences with bitter Cold War foe the United States and sit down to discuss anything, as long as it is a conversation between equals,” The Associated Press reported.

“Any day they want, the table is set. This has already been said through diplomatic channels,” Castro said. “If they want to talk, we will talk.”

But the Obama administration has refused, intent on continuing to isolate Cuba and maintain the brutal embargo and travel ban.

…Unless you are close personal friends of King Barack.




5 Responses to “Cuba Embargo Only For Us Subordinates”

  1. Fancy you people from the Land of the Free allowing your government to limit your travel. You couldn't make it up.

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  3. Does some, one rule for celebrities and another for the "others"

  4. “Any day they want, the table is set. This has already been said through diplomatic channels,” Castro said. “If they want to talk, we will talk.”

  5. Meanwhile thousands of Spaniards go to Spanish-Cuban hotels in Cuba every year, they visit all over the island, and have a great time, many returning year after year. The hotels are making great profits – free enterprise at work, in Cuba.