Editorial

Trump seeks to regress on Cuba

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Defenders of Donald Trump’s “stay tough on Cuba” position claim that it is not hypocritical for the administration to seek a cozy relationship with oppressive dictatorships such as the ones in Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and Russia while demanding human rights accountability from Cuba before relaxing trade and travel restrictions on that island nation.

The difference is supposedly that Cuba lies just 90 miles off the coast of the United States so the United States considers Cuba within America’s sphere of influence.

We don’t buy that rationale. It has been more than a half century since the Cuban missile crisis, the last time the Cuban government took any action that threatened U.S. security.

Saudi Arabian officials assisted terrorists (mostly Saudi citizens) in carrying out the 9-11-2001 attack on America. Both the George W. Bush and the Barack Obama administrations failed to conduct a criminal investigation of Saudi Arabia’s involvement, apparently afraid to expose this festering wound.

Russia attacked our sovereignty just last year by attempting to interfere with our election.

Trump is pandering to a small, aging and delusional group of anti-Castro ex-Cubans.