Embargo costs Castro 89 billion

Good, keep that money out of the moribund dictator Castro’s Swiss bank accounts:

Washington’s 45-year-old embargo has cost Cuba more than $89 billion to date, wreaking havoc on everything from primary education to pest control and nearly all other facets of island life, the foreign minister said Tuesday.

Havana produced a 56-page booklet laying out its latest argument against the embargo ahead of next month’s meeting in New York of the U.N. General Assembly, which has voted 15 years in a row to urge the United States to lift trade sanctions against Cuba.

Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said the U.S. policy caused $3 billion in losses over the past year alone to the economy of Cuba — which had a 2006 GDP estimated at $40 billion, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Washington is bent on “persecuting Cuban interests and attempting to beat our people into submission with hunger and disease,” Perez Roque told a news conference.

Too late, Castro has been beating the Cuban people into submission for 40-plus years. You gotta love, though, how the MSM takes anything these communist a-holes say at face value.