Wednesday, September 28, 2016

America's Cuban Abyss

An Endless Bottomless Pit!!
        Since 1952  -- when the U. S. teamed with the Mafia to support the brutal Batista dictatorship in Cuba -- the U. S. Cuban policy has humiliated both America and democracy, a basic fact that is confirmed each October by a 191-to-2 vote in the United Nations. The two first-term Cuban-American U. S. Senators depicted above -- Cruz and Rubio -- surely understand that fact but apparently don't give a damn. More significantly, neither does a large segment of the current unpatriotic, uninformed, and uncaring U. S. population. Since 1959 -- the year the Batistiano-Mafiosi dictatorship was overthrown only to quickly regroup on nearby U. S. soil -- America's flawed, cruel and grossly undemocratic Cuban policy has essentially and effectively been dictated by two generations of hard-line Cuban-Americans, the most self-servingly vicious Batista remnants. Cruz and Rubio represent the second generation of the proprietors of that bottomless pit, a fact revealed in Washington again yesterday.
        Yesterday -- Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 -- as this Carlos Barrea/REUTERS photo shows -- President Obama proudly and bravely nominated Jeffrey DeLaurentis as the first U. S. Ambassador to Cuba in over half-a-century. A brilliant and dedicated career diplomat, DeLaurentis is the perfect choice for that important position, made more important and urgent because more Americans can now actually visit Cuba thanks to Mr. Obama. Since 1992 DeLaurentis has been intimately knowledgeable about Cuba and Latin America and he has distinguished himself diplomatically at the United Nations and elsewhere, including the U. S. Interests Section in Havana. Since August of 2014 Mr. DeLaurentis has been chief of the U. S. Embassy in Havana, newly opened by President Obama for the first time since 1961.
      As always, Cuban-American United States Senators Rubio and Cruz went belligerent yesterday regarding President Obama's nomination of Jeffrey DeLaurentis to be the first U. S. Ambassador to Cuba since 1961. Rubio's snarling comments labeled it "another last-ditch legacy project for the president that needs to be stopped." President Obama, by merely having the guts and patriotism to try to normalize relations with Cuba, has indeed carved out a legacy that the likes of Rubio and Cruz will never emulate. Yet, as Republican extremists in a pathetic Republican-controlled U. S. Senate, they wield enormous and undeserved power regarding America's disgraceful Cuban policy. As first-term Senators, neither Rubio nor Cruz have accomplished a thing -- except for amassing millions of dollars, running for President, vowing to shut-down the U. S. government, and loudly opposing any and all positive overtures designed to correct America's historically flawed Cuban policy. It seems to matter not one whit to Rubio, Cruz and their ilk how much that policy hurts Americans, Cuban-Americans, and America's image around the world. The fact that Americans and especially Cuban-Americans badly need Jeffrey DeLaurentis as the official U. S. Ambassador to Cuba means little to Rubio and Cruz compared to their anti-Cuban bias and their insatiable desires to use the U. S. Senate and a billion-or-more right-wing dollars to take over the White House, a ploy that failed miserably for both of them in 2016 but now extends to 2020, which is their next opportunity.
       This Wikipedia photo shows Jeffrey DeLaurentis making a speech on behalf of America in front of the new U. S. Embassy in Havana. Since the 1950s America's most decent and skilled government officials -- such as Jeffrey DeLaurentis -- have suffered mightily from a U. S. Cuban policy dictated by less decent government officials, none of whom -- it seems -- are ever held accountable by an unpatriotic U. S. public or an incompetent U. S. media. Therefore, expect decent and talented Americans like Jeffrey DeLaurentis to continue to suffer as the U. S. democracy itself continues a downward spiral into the abyss -- a bottomless pit dug by self-serving, unchecked miscreants.
      Moderate Cuban-Americans in Miami, like Hugo Cancio, are as frustrated as the most democracy-loving Americans when America's Batistiano-directed Cuban policy harms the vast majority of Americans and Cuban-Americans. Cancio, a democracy-loving businessman, divides his time between Miami and Havana and fully understands how Cuban-Americans in particular need Jeffrey DeLaurentis as the official Ambassador at the "increasingly busy U. S. embassy in Havana." Cancio says, "Polls show that moderate Cuban-Americans like me are the majority in Miami and we support Obama's efforts to normalize relations. But when it comes to Cuba, moderate Cuban-Americans, majority opinions and democracy never seem to count." 
       Each October in the United Nations world opinion votes overwhelmingly -- 191-to-2 with no abstentions -- to denounce America's Cuban policy. America -- the richest, strongest, and most influential nation in history -- can only persuade one nation to support its Cuban policy and that nation, Israel, is by far the biggest recipient of U. S. economic and military aid. Yet, Americans are supposed to be too stupid or too unpatriotic to care and the mainstream U. S. media is simply too intimidated or too incompetent to even fairly discuss the issue that so drastically harms the U. S. image, as confirmed by the UN each October.
This glutinous image, for example.
       Cuba, unwittingly and unrealistically, says a lot more about the United States than it says about Cuba. That has been an historic fact since 1952 and the U. S. democracy -- the world's all-time greatest government -- seems incapable of extricating itself from what the world recognizes as an abyss, a bottomless pit.
         So as U. S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz vow to block every decent and positive overture to Cuba, such as the badly needed confirmation of Jeffrey DeLaurentis as U. S. Ambassador in Havana, expect Americans to continue on their six-decades-old path of not having the courage or patriotism to care.
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