Hoo boy, yep. We’ve got us this here EMBARGO against Cuba…
Or do we?
From the Associated Press, via today’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
Since 2003, one country has been the main supplier of food to Fidel Castro’s Cuba: the United States.
Surprised? You have good company.
Washington’s sanctions choke off most trade with Cuba, but a law passed by Congress in 2000 authorized cash-only purchases of U.S. food and agricultural products and was cheered by major U.S. farm firms like Archer Daniels Midland Co. interested in the untapped Cuban market.
Cuba refused to import one grain of rice for more than a year because of a dispute over financing, but finally agreed to take advantage of the law after Hurricane Michelle in November 2001 cut into its food stocks.
So… we offer food, Castro says no due to some issues with financing. WIthout this food, no doubt Cubans would be dying of starvation ala North Korea. Just as in North Korea, it’s all thanks to one communist dictator.
At least we’re forcing Castro to pay upfront. We all know how, ahem, “good” he is about paying debt.