Will Tehran be Charlie Crist's October Surprise?

Friday, May 9, 2014
Proponents of doing business with the Castro dictatorship usually try to get around the inconvenient fact that Cuba remains designated as a "state-sponsor of terrorism" by rejecting the label altogether.

They simply deny, deny, deny.

They turn a blind-eye to the Castro regime's smuggling of weapons to North Korea; its arming, training and financing of Venezuelan paramilitary groups; its harboring fugitives of from U.S. justice, including cop-killers and a Top Ten Most Wanted Terrorist; and its continuous support for foreign terrorist organizations.

Deny, deny, deny.

But not Charlie Crist.

In today's Miami Herald, Charlie Crist recognizes and supports the U.S.'s designation of Cuba as a "state-sponsor of terrorism" -- but wants to do business with its regime anyway.

Thus, Crist has no problem doing business with terrorist states.

He then elaborated that he sees trade and travel with Castro as "different" than with Iran and Syria. Moreover, that he wants to pursue "trade with the Cuban people."

Crist is right that trade and travel is "different" in Cuba than in Iran and Syria.

As a matter of fact, Cuba is much more economically-repressive than Iran and Syria.

While Iranians and Syrians are permitted to participate in foreign trade and actually own their businesses, the Castro regime strictly forbids Cubans from partaking in foreign trade or owning their businesses.

All foreign trade and investment with Cuba is solely with the Castro regime and its monopolies.

That's why Cuba remains ranked 177 out of 178 nations in the world in the Index of Economic Freedom, a yearly joint compilation of The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation. Only North Korea is considered less economically free.

Iran ranks at 173 -- four slots "economically-freer" than Cuba.

Upon learning these facts, will Tehran be Crist's October surprise?