In the ongoing struggle to end the embargo with Cuba and normalize relations with the Castro regime, Raul Castro has demanded, among other things, that the United States Government return Guantanamo Bay to the Cuban people…well, actually to the Cuban government.
Castro believes that he is in a good position to make these demands. If the U.S. gives him what he wants, he comes out looking like a hero to his people and strengthens the economy of Cuba. If the Americans don’t give it to him, he has stood up to the Imperialist running dogs and his status with the other dictators goes up.
So far, Castro wants the U.S. to pay reparations for the economic damage the embargo has done. In my opinion, it is nice to get confirmation that the embargo has done damage since, according to Cuba’s state owned media (and some of our… flightier… celebrities), Cuba is paradise.
Cuba also wants the United States to end its support for Cuban dissidents and the removal of Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Finally, Castro also wants Guantanamo Bay. Although the president is limited in how he can respond to these demands, since most of them require Congressional approval, he can order the Navy out of Guantanamo.
Now, the likelihood of that is slim… almost vanishingly small. The United States has had a lease with the Cuban government since 1934 for the area around Guantanamo Bay. Our government sends a check for $4,085 per month to Cuba for continuation of the lease. The communist government of Cuba has denounced the treaty since the revolution and they refuse to cash the rent checks, which makes Naval Station Guantanamo Bay a bargain.
But, there is a huge difference between closing down the prison on Guantanamo Bay and giving up a naval base that we have maintained for almost 80 years, over 50 of those while a hostile communist regime has been in charge. That smacks a little too much like retreating in the face of an enemy for Congress or the American people to stomach.
Our current administration is flailing about, trying to create a foreign policy legacy. The Middle East rapprochement blew up in their face, Russia is defiantly refusing to give up the gains it has made in the Ukraine, and the situation with China, no matter how many pivots the administration makes, is just as bad, now, as it ever has been. This administration’s record with foreign policy is the most abysmal of any country in recent history.
Iran is playing for time and easing of sanctions as they create a power base in the Middle East, with or without nuclear weapons, and now Cuba is making outrageous demands so that we can normalize relations with them.
Do we, as a nation, gain anything from normalizing relations with Cuba?
Interesting fact; I didn’t know Fidel was actually still alive.
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