Letter From American Victim: Obama's Cuba Policy Endorses Larceny

Friday, November 18, 2016
Letter to the Editor of The Wall Street Journal:

Obama Cuba Policy and U.S. Property Rights

Let’s be clear about the consequences of President Obama’s unprincipled capitulation to the white, male, military dictatorship in Cuba and why it should be reversed. Everything in Cuba is stolen.

Regarding Mary Anastasia O’Grady’s “The Cost of Obama’s Cuba Policy” (Americas, Nov. 7): Let’s be clear about the consequences of President Obama’s unprincipled capitulation to the white, male, military dictatorship in Cuba and why it should be reversed. Everything in Cuba is stolen. Therefore, every American venture there permitted by President Obama will result in the widespread trafficking in stolen property, in many cases that of Americans. That’s not capitalism.

Look at my case, where a popular cruise line is trafficking in the port of Santiago de Cuba using a property confiscated from my family. This property has a claim certified by the U.S. Treasury. For the ill-informed regarding Cuba, protecting these unsettled claims is the reason there is an embargo.

Yet President Obama granted the company permission to traffic in my property despite my objections. He claims it isn’t trafficking. How? Because he says so. Sounds like Raúl Castro. And so it is with every activity in Cuba, including renting from Airbnb, smoking cigars, drinking rum and cruising in old American jalopies. Even the paintings in the museums are hot.

Most contracts between the dictatorship and American corporations will likely be canceled by a democratic government and property returned to the rightful owners. Why then would any U.S. company want change and risk its Cuba deal? No company will risk this. Investment seeks certainty. Mr. Obama has essentially linked the existence of every American enterprise in Cuba to the survival of the Castro dictatorship.

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal President Obama’s reckless executive orders pertaining to Cuba, beginning with those that violate U.S. law. Fortunately for President Obama his violation of the law will soon be forgotten.

Javier Garcia-Bengochea
Certified Claimant
Jacksonville, Fla.