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An open letter to Cleber LLC in Alabama

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Dear Sirs:

We learned today that the Obama administration has approved the opening of your plant in Cuba.

According to news reports,  your company will manufacture tractors and sell them to Cubans and or Latin America farmers.

As a Cuban American, I have some concerns about this project:

1) Will you be hiring your own employees or “rent them” from the Castro regime as we’ve seen with other investments in the island?

Why is this important?  The answer is that we do not want the Castro regime to continue the exploitation of the island’s workers.   Cuba should not turn into Vietnam!

2) Why didn’t you build your tractors in Alabama? Couldn’t they use the jobs there?

3) Are you familiar with the lack of freedoms in Cuba?  Why subsidize the dictatorship?  Why not build the factory after Cubans are free of the Castro regime?

It’s a shame that your management team has chosen to do business with an anti-US dictatorship that has shown little regard for the capitalist system that we assume you believe in.

Again, I hope that you cancel your plans and stand with the Cuban people not the Castro regime.

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February 16, 2016 at 7:00 am

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“El Caballero de Paris” gives Raul a hug but not cash

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We’ve seen here in the pages of Babalu that Raul Castro is in Paris.

We’ve also heard that France is very anxious to invest in Cuba.

So why doesn’t France invest in Cuba rather than call on the US to drop the embargo? Nobody is stopping France or any other country from going to Cuba and investing in the island.

Why call for an end to the embargo?

The answer is simple.   France, like so many other countries, are not putting a dime in Cuba after having to restructure, or even forgive, debts.

France wants the US to end the embargo so that the Castro regime has credit lines to purchase French goods and services.

So what really happened in Paris?

Raul got a hug and the kind of military salute that his ego needs.   However, “El Caballero de Paris” did not give him what Castro Inc desperately needs, i.e. dinero!

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February 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm

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Obama to anti-US thugs: “You’ve got a friend”

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(My new Babalu post)

2016 is off to a remarkable start vis-a-vis U.S. foreign policy.

In less than a week, Iran and Saudi Arabia are threatening to go to war, Afghanistan has come alive after being quiet for a while, and North Korea exploded whatever they exploded.

Let’s add Cuba to the list.

Senator Rubio is asking the State Department for an explanation, as reported by The Miami Herald:

“The fact that the administration, including you, have apparently tried to withhold this information from the congressional debate and public discussion over U.S.-Cuba policy is disgraceful,” Rubio wrote to Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Jacobson starred in the Cuba negotiations, and Rubio has been blamed for stalling her nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

“While your bureau is not the primary entity within the State Department handling these issues, you oversee U.S. policy toward Cuba and interactions with Cuban officials,” Rubio wrote. “Thus, the fact that members of Congress are reading about Cuba’s possession of a U.S. missile in the newspaper rather than from you or other State Department officials is astounding and inexcusable.”

The Obama adminisration withehld information from Congress about the Iran nuclear deal, or the famous “side deals” negotiated around the legislature.

Now it appears that they did not come clean with Congress over the Cuba deal.

Again, it’s a great time to be an anti-US thug out there.   They have a friend in President Obama.

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January 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm

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Why didn’t the Obama administration demand that Cuba return the missile?

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(My new American Thinker post)

2016 is off to a remarkable start vis-a-vis U.S. foreign policy. In less than a week, Iran and Saudi Arabia are threatening to go to war, Afghanistan has come alive after being quiet for a while, and North Korea exploded whatever they exploded. Let’s add Cuba to the list.

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, a “missile” has been found in Cuba:

“For more than a year, amid a historic thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, American authorities have tried to get the Cuban government to return the missile, said people familiar with the matter.

This particular missile didn’t contain explosives, but U.S. officials worry that Cuba could share the sensors and targeting technology inside it with nations like China, North Korea or Russia, these people said.

Well, so what happened? To be fair, we don’t know for sure but there are some interesting angles to this story.

First, it appears from the article, and timeline of 2014, that we were talking with the Cuban government about reestablishing relations at the time that they were holding this missile. Why didn’t we end all discussions until the missile was returned? Why not? I remind you that the Obama State Department was also working to remove Cuba from the list of terrorist nations.

Second, and this is scary, did Cuba try to sell it to North Korea or trade it with Russia or China? After all, didn’t some Russian ships show up in Cuba recently?

We don’t know for sure but I think that the Obama administration dropped the ball. They should have insisted on the return of the missile prior to any normalization.

Stay tuned because there is more coming from this story.

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January 9, 2016 at 6:33 am

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A US missile found in Cuba and other US-Cuba stories

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January 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm

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Raul to Obama: “The dog ate the missile”

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(My new Babalu post)

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, a “missile” has been found in Cuba:

“For more than a year, amid a historic thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, American authorities have tried to get the Cuban government to return the missile, said people familiar with the matter.

At the same time, federal investigators have been tracing the paper trail of the wayward Hellfire to determine if its arrival in Cuba was the work of criminals or spies, or the result of a series of blunders, these people said.

Hellfires are air-to-ground missiles, often fired from helicopters.

They were first designed as antitank weapons decades ago, but have been modernized to become an important part of the U.S. government’s antiterrorism arsenal, often fired from Predator drones to carry out lethal attacks on targets in countries including Yemen and Pakistan, said people familiar with the technology.

This particular missile didn’t contain explosives, but U.S. officials worry that Cuba could share the sensors and targeting technology inside it with nations like China, North Korea or Russia, these people said.

Officials don’t suspect Cuba is likely to try to take apart the missile on its own and try to develop similar weapons technology, these people said. It is unclear whether a U.S. adversary has ever obtained such knowledge of a Hellfire.”

Well, so what happened? To be fair, we don’t know but there are some interesting possibilities:

First, the Cuban government didn’t know a thing and the whole darn affair was just a simple error.   This is the Cuban version of “el perro se comio el cohete”!

Second, the Cuban government knew that they had the missile but the US negotiators did not insist on its return prior to any normalization. According to the story, the US discussed it with Cuba but nothing was resolved.

Third, and this is scary,  Cuba was trying to sell it to North Korea or trade it with Russia or China. After all, didn’t some Russian ships show up in Cuba recently?

We don’t know for sure but I think that the Obama administration dropped the ball. They should have insisted on the return of the missile prior to any moralization.

Stay tuned because there is more coming from this story.

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January 8, 2016 at 7:14 am

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Why are young Cubans coming?

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(My new Babalu blog post)

We’ve read several news accounts about Cubans in Central America or heading to the US.   

It’s true that some want to get to the US before the Cuban act or law changes.   

However, there is another reason.    They want to leave Cuba period, as we read in this article at The Telegraph:

Yenis Rojas should be a symbol of Cuba’s future. A doctor, she has worked all her life for the state, and is full of drive, energy and ambition.

And yet, despite the announcement a year ago that America and Cuba were re-establishing ties after half a century of hostilities, she sees no promise in her homeland and has fled.

“I had to get out,” she said, speaking from the Costa Rica, close to the border with Nicaragua, where she is camped out. “I couldn’t stand it any more.”

And that’s the story!

They want to leave because they “can’t stand it anymore”.

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December 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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