Donald Trump Crackdown Looms For Cuba as Repression Continues After Obama Outreach 3

Cuban President Raul Castro and his government have benefited more than his people from the Obama administration’s détente. (Associated Press)

Cuban President Raul Castro and his government have benefited more than his people from the Obama administration’s détente. (Associated Press)

By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times

President Obama’s historic move to normalize relations with Cuba hasn’t slowed repression by the Castro regime, and the incoming Trump administration is likely to take a tougher stand on restricting tourism, recovering stolen U.S. assets and demanding human rights reforms by Havana, analysts say.

In the two years since Mr. Obama announced a thaw in the United States’ half-century policy of isolating the island nation, the administration has paved the way for increased engagement, approving such measures as daily commercial flights, direct mail service, cruise ship ports of call and the reopenings of long-shuttered embassies in Washington and Havana.

But Mr. Obama’s policy has not been fully embraced on Capitol Hill and is vulnerable to reversal under the Trump administration, though the president’s aides say his détente is already bearing fruit in Cuba and beyond.

“We’re seeing real progress that is making life better for Cubans right now,” said White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. “Sustaining this policy will allow for further opening, further travel, further U.S. business opportunities.”

But critics say the U.S. money now flowing to Cuba is being pocketed directly by the military and the Cuban intelligence services, not benefiting Cuban entrepreneurs. They also say the government of President Raul Castro has become more repressive since the formal resumption of diplomatic ties with Washington.

“This year, they’ve had over 10,000 politically motivated arrests,” said Ana Quintana, an analyst on Latin America at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “During President Obama’s visit [in March], there were 498 people arrested in those three days.”

Judging by the standards Mr. Obama laid out in December 2014, she said, “the policy has been a failure.”

“It was originally intended to help the Cuban people by providing greater freedoms,” Ms. Quintana said. “It’s been diluted, because they found that they’re not going to get the concessions from the Cuban government that they expected. The vast majority of people who have benefited from this have been the Cuban military and the Cuban government.”

President-elect Donald Trump is likely to take a less rosy view than Mr. Obama of the U.S. engagement with Cuba, say those familiar with his team’s thinking. During the presidential campaign, Mr. Trump criticized Mr. Obama and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for “turning a blind eye” to Cuba’s human rights violations and denounced Mr. Obama’s initial deal with Havana as a “very weak agreement.” Several anti-Castro Cuban-American conservatives are part of Mr. Trump’s transition team.

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3 comments

  1. Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Let´s be realistic.

    Following, you´ll find a very short excerpt from part of an article published on August 23, 2016, by the Wall Street Journal, as written by Andrew Browne, regarding the nation of CHINA, a country that is—at present—a U.S. trading partner with ample and open trade relations, since former President Richard M. Nixon opened-up this huge nation (2+ billion in population), also, along with the former Soviet Union since 1972 for open trade with the United States. Note the reality; trade relations with these two nations (Russia now is the former Soviet Union) have been uninterrupted and have been operating continuously with the U.S., in spite of the hard repression experienced by the citizens in those countries.

    Therefore one has to ponder—immediately—the following analysis:

    1.) What makes anybody think CUBA will be treated differently by the United States under these, seemingly, very similar circumstances experienced in CUBA as in China and Russia?

    2.) This pattern of doing business by the U.S. government sends strong signals to CUBA, that China and Russia today are similar to the way Cuba operates regarding human rights. So why should CUBA have any incentive or motivation to conduct itself differently than China or Russia?

    Foreign policy many times is indiscriminately designed and implemented and—yet—many times not.

    From a purely U.S. standpoint, CUBA represents a “jobs, jobs, jobs” economic opportunity for the United States as promised by Donald Trump who is looking forward to representing the interest of Americans and the United States and not of CUBA. In fact, TRUMP already does trading with China and he is well aware of the items as published in the WSJ recently.

    In fact, a partner of Trump—in one of his development deals in Florida Jorge Luis Perez—has already visited CUBA to be briefed along with other business persons from the U.S. who visited the island to analyze the future road back for U.S. economic opportunities to trade with CUBA, now such road paved on the foundation of recently restored diplomatic relations.

    Find another perspective. There´s no Donald Trump crackdown looming for CUBA. Reopened trade relations and commerce with CUBA represents an economic opportunity for the United States, just in time to meet President elect Donald Trump´s expectations of “jobs, jobs, jobs”. Such an action would represent another 1.5 million new jobs in the United States, minimally to start, from just opening trade with CUBA, a nation just 90 miles from U.S. shores.

    As I said, let´s be realistic in spite of how much it pains many Cuban Americans the fact the United States is about to open trade with CUBA, which from a purely U.S. economic standpoint is in the best interests of the United States.

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    (Written on AUGUST 23, 2016 By Andrew Browne of Wall Street Journal)

    “A NEW MEASURE FOR CHINA´S ECONOMY: “THE REPRESSION INDEX”
    Arrests, censorship, military imagery point to political insecurity at the top as economic reforms stall

    “SHANGHAI—As the Chinese economy slows, the regime is ramping up an assault on dissidents and others it brands as troublemakers. Call it the repression index. One of the best indicators of the country’s economic direction is now a political one. The crackdown is telling us that the leadership, despite outward displays of confidence, is growing increasingly insecure as it grapples with faltering growth, the mainstay of the Communist Party’s legitimacy. That translates into crippling indecision; leaders seem unable to summon the resolve to implement tough yet necessary economic overhauls. Meanwhile, evidence of policy disarray is growing with President Xi Jinping and his premier, Li Keqiang, apparently disagreeing on how aggressively to add stimulus. A People’s Daily article in May by an “authoritative person,” most likely a proxy for the president, read like a rebuke of Mr. Li for going off on a credit binge this year.”

    (Continues…..)
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  2. I agree with the analyst. Trump administration will adopt the right posture which is the treat the Castro regime for what it is a murderous regime. Trump administration should not offer any further concession to this regime.

  3. Nothing is going to change. The Cuban DSE is going to turn the Island upside down before Cuba experiences any changes. The problem is that Cuba has a system that is very close to the world and its regime will prohibit its population from adhering to changes. The only factor that needs to be exploited is the factor of informing the internal dissidence and to rely on the exile of Florida more than those inside the island which can be clones implanted by the Cuban DSE. Information can be an important factor in generating changes to the island. Obama’s administration eliminated the dry feet-wet feet law, which I agree in basis of eliminating an entry portal of Cuban agents to the US. Many of those coming to America in the last decade did not represented American values but they rather supported Castro’s agenda. Raul Castro at the same time has eliminated his system escape valve to eliminate domestic problems in using the Cuban boat exodus as a way to release internal tensions. Repression can serve a momentary solution to release internal pressure but on the long run, Repression, lack of liberties and the fact that the Cuban adjustment law is not longer there as a way to release internal tensions can be catastrophic to the regime.

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