Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Members of Congress express concern over Jay-Z and Beyonce's trip to Cuba


Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart have written a letter to Adam Szubin, director of the United States’ Office of Foreign Assets Control, seeking information on the type of licence the pair of stars received for their travel to Cuba.

US citizens are permitted to travel to Cuba only under certain licences, such as people-to-people travel or educational endeavours.

Really guys? In this day and age we're still caring about Cuba and our embargo against them? Even if we were at active war with a country, which we're not with Cuba, but even then, U.S. citizens should be free to travel to whatever country they damn well please, at their own risk of course. But our cold relationship with Cuba is one of the most embarrassing situations for the U.S. over the last 50 years. Of all the problems going on in the world, some tiny ass island off the coast of Florida is somehow one of the biggest threats justifying our hatred and barring of all relations. Just because our government doesn't like their government, the well-meaning people of both sides are prevented from interacting with each other, from trading with each other, and even from seeing each other.

It all boils down to a bad decision years ago, and the continuance of that bad decision, all because we don't want to admit we made a mistake. So we double down on it and pretend we're doing the right thing. It's time to admit that we made a mistake and move forward, the embargo hasn't done a damn thing of good for either side, and continuing it and pretending like we're achieving something with it isn't going to save face one bit.

The two said that, because Cuba’s tourism industry is “wholly state-owned,” “US dollars spent on Cuban tourism directly fund the machinery of oppression that brutally represses the Cuban people.”

Complete bullshit. If the Cubans traded with the U.S. they'd probably be more open to ideas of change and freedom, but since we've neglected them, we've done nothing to help their situation. Do these idiots really think we're helping them by blocking travel and trade? 

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