Can this be?

Do my eyes deceive?

PS: I suspect this move is tied up with geopolitics, with the resurgent Russians announcing they were reopening a base to listen in on American communications just as NSA does theirs. Opening up ties to Cuba, lifting the embargo, heads the Russians off at the pass.

Whatever the reason, the oppressive sanctions regime needed to be lifted 50 Years ago. It is a black mark on US foreign policy, done for the sole reason of punishing a country that refused to follow orders. The CIA terror campaign on the island, Operation Mongoose, was started under JFK, who was a Cold Warrior when elected. As he changed in the wake of the Bay of Pigs and the missile crisis, Mongoose was turned inward. Lee Harvey Oswald, from appearances (we will never know), was being groomed to be a patsy in the murder of Castro. He became the patsy in the JFK murder.

Even if they are doing this for all the wrong reasons, some people who deserve a break are getting a break. Halleluhia. Marry Christmas, Cuba!

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24 Responses to Can this be?

  1. Steve W says:

    It’s about time.

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  2. rightsaidfred says:

    It must mean I’ll get paid for the casino they kiped.

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  3. JC says:

    Can’t easily overthrow a government if you don’t have a CIA station embassy there.

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    • Cubans have gotten very good over the years at spotting infiltrators and terrorists.

      Prouty wrote about the events that led to the Bay of Pigs, and little things that became big things. Castro was always USA-wise, and so set up a communication system, a block system, that effectively spied on everyone on the island. Survival is all it was. Some CIA guys made contact with a couple of workers at a electrical generating station or something like that, and agreed to plant a bomb in the facility. On the day it was to happen, Castro was already aware of the plot, and the CIA men sent in with the bomb and to two Cubans who were to help them were arrested and/or killed.

      That made CIA heads furious, and with each terror operation they ran that failed got worse than the one before. The biggest one, Bay of Pigs, was more designed to trap JFK than Castro. They knew the plan could not work (Castro knew all about it, of course) but thought that JFK, his back to the wall, would order a bombing campaign and invasion when it failed. Instead he let it fail, and then turned and fired CIA head Allen Dulles, General Cabel and one other.

      Dulles would eventually sit on the Warren Commission, and Cabel’s brother Earl, happened to be mayor of an extremely corrupt city, Dallas, at that time. There are thousands of dots that connect to Dealey, those but two. LBJ would later say that CIA was effectively running a “murder incorporated in the Caribbean.” It’s only gotten worse since.

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  4. Big Swede says:

    Just think, quality health care is just 90 miles away from us.

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    • steve kelly says:

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/01/16/its-time-for-the-u-s-to-end-its-senseless-embargo-of-cuba/

      http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21600117-would-be-especially-good-time-change-americas-relations-cuba-if-not-now

      But Swede, I thought Forbes and The Economist are “your boys.” Please notice who’s pushing the issue. Same ones who cooked up Heritage-Romney-Obama Care. You know, the same ones pushing “comprehensive immigration reform.” Don’t you like the Chamber of Commerce anymore?

      Could this signal the beginning of the end of The Great Game 2.0? Global government may be closer anyone thinks.

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      • Swede neither follows nor reads links.

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      • Big Swede says:

        The relaxing of sanctions comes with nothing in return. And if I’m not mistaken the actual lifting of sanctions must have congressional approval, fat chance given this fall’s electoral change.

        And Mark you’re wrong again, it’s about falling oil prices and the inability of Castro to feed it’s people via his dictatorial rule.

        “In recent months, the outlook for the Castro regime in Cuba was growing steadily darker. The modest reforms it adopted in recent years to improve abysmal economic conditions had stalled, due to the regime’s refusal to allow Cubans greater freedoms. Worse, the accelerating economic collapse of Venezuela meant that the huge subsidies that have kept the Castros afloat for the past decade were in peril. A growing number of Cubans were demanding basic human rights, such as freedom of speech and assembly.

        On Wednesday, the Castros suddenly obtained a comprehensive bailout — from the Obama administration. President Obama granted the regime everything on its wish list that was within his power to grant; a full lifting of the trade embargo requires congressional action. Full diplomatic relations will be established, Cuba’s place on the list of terrorism sponsors reviewed and restrictions lifted on U.S. investment, and most travel to Cuba. That liberalization will provide Havana with a fresh source of desperately needed hard currency and eliminate U.S. leverage for political reforms.”-Washing Post.

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        • steve kelly says:

          Obama would have told you that if you’d just called him.

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        • I wonder if Cuba will remove the U.S. from its list of countries that sponsor terrorism. It is, after all, the big dog, the biggest source of terrorism on the planet. Ask any Cuban.

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          • Big Swede says:

            And where would a Cuban get informed about our terrorism?

            From an unbiased free press?

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          • Let’s just say, Swede, that Cubans are better informed than you are. But that doesn’t say much.

            And anyway, victims of American terrorism always know more about it than Americans who, like you, are given the mushroom treatment.

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          • Big Swede says:

            You hold yourself up as a deep thinker, but when you can’t address a factual premise like the controlled messaging that has historically dominated Castro’s prison island you look extremely petty.

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          • I’ve got a better grasp of it all because I know the American side of it, what we have done to them. You obviously know nothing about the embargo, about Mongoose, about what LBJ called “murder incorporated in the Caribbean.” You obviously only know the selected information put out by right wing American sources.

            Cubans, on the other, have either personally witnessed American terror or know someone who has, and also know the Cuban side of this story, which you don’t. Their media is filtered, just like American media. That part is a wash. But in terms of which people are better informed, I wager Cubans.

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        • Steve W says:

          Suddenly????? This has been in the works for years.

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    • Steve W says:

      Cuba does have quality health care. They figured it out.
      How are your bit coins doing? Do you wish you’d invested in Rubles instead? 🙂

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  5. Larry Kralj says:

    Mark, you’re a guy in the know. When you find out, would you please inform me as to how I can take a trip to Cuba. ME GUSTA MUCHO IR! I have always wanted to go to Cuba. And now, apparently we can legally. I ask in all seriousness, if you encounter folks who can facilitate a vacation there, would you please let me know? For I am currently out of the loop so to speak. There’s some puros, ceeegars in it for you on my return. BTW, great story from the southwest where my people have lived for some five hundred years called, Mi Abuela Fumaba Puros! Translated, My Grandmother Smoked Cigars. Check it out some time. It’s worth the effort.

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    • Larry Kralj says:

      A leetle background on the story.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabine_Ulibarr%C3%AD

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    • Steve W says:

      Larry, educational groups have been going for years. I heard on NPR that “Road Scholars” (who i first heard about via Piece of Mind) does Cuba..

      Google “Road Scholars”

      Other than that you go via Mexico. Lots of flights from lots of cities. Ask the Cubans not to stamp your passport. And hope you aren’t fined. Probably not, and less chance now, but who knows? Look at medical cannabis folks in jail.

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      • Larry Kralj says:

        Thanks. You might like this. I loved it, for I love the southwest as much as I love Montana. They are the two most magical places in this country. New Mexico and Montana!

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