Final Cuban-American Vote Average: Trump 58%, Rubio 69%

Friday, November 18, 2016
A look at the election results in the 30+ precincts in Miami-Dade County with the highest concentration of Cuban-American voters show that President-elect Donald Trump won by over 58% and Senator Marco Rubio won by over 69%.

These aren't exit polls or issue polls. These are actual votes counted.

Moreover, these numbers simply represent a base -- a starting point -- for they are somewhat diluted by non-Cuban voters.

In some precincts (see below), which are the biggest Cuban-American strongholds (e.g. Westchester), Trump was in the mid-60s, while Rubio in the mid-70s.

Clearly, Secretary Clinton can thank President Obama's unprincipled Cuba policy for this.

Rubio, Trump Find Common Ground on Cuba

From Florida Politics:

Marco Rubio, Donald Trump find common ground on Cuba

Sen. Marco Rubio has spent the last six years maligning Cuba policy from the Barack Obama White House.

He’s not expecting to have to do the same regarding Donald Trump, however.

After a meeting with Cuban dissident Guillermo “Coco” Farinas Tuesday, Rubio issued a statement, noting that “rolling back President Obama’s one-sided concessions to the Castro regime, a key campaign promise shared with President-elect Trump, will be a top priority for me next year.”

“By any objective measure, President Obama’s unilateral policy changes have failed, and they are not in the best interest of the American people or the people of Cuba,” Rubio observed, adding that he intends to fight for support for “civil society and dissidents from Cuba and other countries.”

Much of the campaign of Rubio’s general election challenger, Rep. Patrick Murphy, was designed to draw comparisons between Rubio and Trump. And for his part, Rubio went out of his way to draw differences between himself and the GOP nominee, vowing to act as a “check” on a Trump White House.

With the general election out of the way, however, Rubio is finding that on one of his biggest policy priorities, it’s useful to have an ally in the White House.

Dissident Leader: Obama is Worst President for Cause of Free Cuba

The quote of the week:
I have faith that President Trump will be better for the people of Cuba and press the cause of freedom and democracy. Let’s just say no one can possibly be worse than Barack Obama has been for our cause.
-- Guillermo Fariñas, Cuban dissident leader and Sakharov Prize recipient, Fox News, 11/16/16

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

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.

Obama’s Cuba Policy Makes Bad Situation Worse

Thursday, November 17, 2016
By Mauricio Claver-Carone in The Miami Herald:

Obama’s Cuba policy makes bad situation worse

It’s been almost two years since President Barack Obama announced that he was “charting a new course on Cuba” and lifted numerous U.S. trade sanctions on the island to empower the “Cuban people” and the island’s “emerging private sector.” At the time, reasonable minds could disagree with Obama’s tactics, which ignored the plight of Cuba’s political dissidents, but few could disagree with the president’s purported intent.

Since that Dec. 17, 2014, announcement, there’s been little to celebrate. Political repression in Cuba is at historic highs; emigration has risen to levels not seen since the 1994 flight of rafters; violations of religious freedom have increased tenfold; and the rate of growth of the so-called “emerging private sector” (“cuentapropistas”) has turned negative.

In short, Obama’s new course for Cuba has made a bad situation worse.

Recently Obama and his administration added insult to injury by promulgating rules that allow Americans to do business with Cuba’s state monopolies run by Castro family members. These are businesses and properties confiscated without compensating the owners — stolen — by the Castros’ regime. Many of the owners were Americans or Cubans who fled the island. Three new provisions, jointly promulgated Oct. 14, by the U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments, send a clear message: The Obama administration has pivoted to support the Castro regime, rather than the Cuban people and their desire for economic and political reform. The new U.S. regulations:

Remove the $100 cap on the import of Cuban rum and cigars for personal consumption. The cap had been imposed because these industries along with their trademarks had been confiscated. U.S. law and prior administrations had never legitimized such theft of private property, trafficking in stolen property, or support to Cuba’s state monopolies. Apparently, President Obama no longer cares.

The biggest beneficiary is, of course, the Castros’ rum industry, anchored by a stolen distillery and its “Havana Club” brand. Jose Arechabala established the distillery in 1878 and began exporting Havana Club rum to the United States in 1934. The Castro dictatorship forcibly seized all of the Arechabala family’s assets in 1960. The family was imprisoned or fled the island with only the shirts on their backs. Today Americans traveling to Cuba can party, drink and take home all the Havana Club rum they like, not knowing or caring that the Castros enjoy the profits.

Narrow the definition of “prohibited Cuban regime officials.” This change grants officials of the Castro government the same access to U.S. financial assistance that, purportedly, was crafted solely to support “the Cuban people and emerging private sector.” As a result, members of Castro’s Council of State; the puppet legislature; political prosecutors; local and provincial regime officials; ministry officials; secret police (Direccion de Seguridad del Estado, DSE) and intelligence agents (Direccion General de Inteligencia, DGI); neighborhood repressors (Comites de Defensa, CDR); media and cultural censors; even prison guards will be allowed to receive unlimited remittances and gifts, set up banking accounts, access and use the Internet to repress Cuban dissidents who have been seeking U.S. support for economic and political reform.

It’s hard to justify this latest “White House gift” amid the dramatic increase in repression.

Permit “contingency contracts” with Castro’s state monopolies. U.S. law prohibits contracts with Cuba’s state monopolies. Sales of agricultural commodities, medicine and medical devices were Congressionally-mandated exceptions. The Obama administration has now ignored the law to authorize dealings with these monopolies if the contracts include a “contingency clause” stating it won’t be implemented until U.S. law is changed or the transaction is specifically authorized by the Treasury Department. That’s tantamount to stealing the future of the Cuban people.

Obama is so intent on creating a lobby of U.S. corporate interests to pressure Congress into changing the law, that he has invited the Castro family to divvy up and establish a contractual claim to ownership on every potentially lucrative industry or business on the island, leaving the Cuban people with nothing for tomorrow.

The president has repeatedly described U.S. policy toward Cuba as a “relic of the Cold War.” He had to dig deeper into the archives to derive this provision, so reminiscent of an era when U.S. foreign policy famously teamed with Latin American dictators and American corporations, like the United Fruit Company, to negotiate away the economic future of those nations.

There’s no longer any rational strategy behind President Obama’s “Cuba policy.” It has gone from what it initially portrayed as a noble purpose to pure sycophancy in pursuit of “historic firsts.” Unfortunately, those Cuban dissidents who recognized Obama’s intent from the beginning and labeled it “a betrayal” of their fight for freedom have now been proven correct. Their foresight has come at a terrible cost.

Dismal End to Obama’s Cuba Legacy

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
By Jose Cardenas in The Washington Times:

Dismal end to Obama’s Cuba legacy

The Castros’ ideological intolerance still reigns

As the Obama administration enters its waning days, the president’s “historic” decision to normalize relations with the Castro dictatorship in Cuba is ending not with a bang, but a whimper.

Days after Speaker Paul Ryan declared he had no intention of considering anti-embargo legislation before the U.S. House of Representatives, the administration petulantly ordered U.S. officials at the United Nations to “abstain” for the first time from the General Assembly’s annual embargo-bashing vote.

Think of it: a U.S. administration fails to defend its democratically elected Congress before a reflexively anti-American global body comprised largely of a gaggle of thugs, thieves and assorted other despots whose sole reason for existence is to undermine the United States of America and all it represents.

This is what Mr. Obama’s “historic” Cuba policy has come to.

By nearly every measure it set for itself, what the Obama administration intended to accomplish with its reversal of decades of U.S. policy toward Cuba has failed to occur. Supporting more private entrepreneurship? The Castro regime recently cracked down on “allowing” more Cubans to run their own businesses, a development Reuters called, “a new sign that Cuba’s Communist-run government is hesitant to further open up to private business in a country where it still controls most economic activity.”

More Cuban connectivity to the internet? Two years later, Cuba remains one of least connected countries in the world. According to Freedom House, “Cuba has long ranked as one of the world’s most repressive environments for information and communication technologies. High prices, exceptionally slow connectivity, and extensive government regulation have resulted in a pronounced lack of access to applications and services.”

As for the administration’s effort to build a U.S. business constituency to lobby for the end of all U.S. trade restrictions on Cuba, that too has proven futile. According to a recent report by The Associated Press, “Two years into President Barack Obama’s campaign to normalize relations with Cuba, his push to expand economic ties is showing few results.” In other words, U.S. companies came, they saw, they left.

And who can blame them? After getting one look at Cuba’s bankrupt economy lacking rule of law and any semblance of freedom or predictability (plus continuing potential liabilities from the in-place embargo), most said adios.

The only remaining measure the Obama administration can point to with any satisfaction is an increase in Americans visiting Cuba, which it made happen through presidential decree skirting the embargo’s ban on tourist travel. But these likely one-time curiosity-seekers stay and dine in facilities owned primarily by the Cuban military. How that will empower ordinary Cubans is something no one in the administration has ever bothered to explain.

Perhaps most damning, though, for President Obama’s supposed “legacy” Cuba project is a rising set of other numbers: Cubans fleeing the island and human rights violations.

According to a recent report on National Public Radio, over the past fiscal year, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted 5,396 Cubans attempting to reach U.S. shores — double the number from the previous year.
The mainstream media want you to believe they are fleeing in record numbers because they fear Mr. Obama’s rapprochement will mean the end of immigration privileges to the United States. But that doesn’t answer the question: If Mr. Obama’s policy was targeted toward “improving the lives of ordinary Cubans” then why do people continue to flee?

The answer that Obama apologists want to avoid is that they are fleeing because they have no hope conditions will ever improve under the Castros and that Mr. Obama’s policy shift locks in the status quo.

Equally, human rights conditions have fared poorly since Mr. Obama’s “historic” normalization of relations. The Havana-based Cuban Commission for Human Rights has documented 620 political arrests by the Castro regime during the month of October alone. That means that, with two months still to go this year, the Castro regime has made a record-shattering 9,125 political arrests already this year.

Editorial boards across the country swooned over Mr. Obama’s decision to recognize the Castro dictatorship — local democracy and human activists likely not so much.

The most painful part of this outcome is that it was entirely predictable, as many skeptics pointed out from the very beginning. But the Obama administration thought it knew better. It believed a 50-year record of ideological intolerance and intransigence could be ameliorated by a more supine U.S. position. It is the same contempt for history that has manifested itself across the board in Mr. Obama’s approach to the world.

Obama apologists say that “more time is needed” for his Cuba policy to bear fruit. But anyone who believes that is smoking something — and it’s not Cuban cigars. President-Elect Trump would do well to put an end to Mr. Obama’s dismal experiment and develop a policy that restores a sense in the Cuban people that Castroism is not a permanent blot on their daily lives.

OFAC Fines Oil Services Company for Cuba Sanctions Violations

Note the sanctions violations took place between 2007 and 2009.

In other words, companies that feel protected by the Obama Administration's currently policy do so at their own future risk.

That will change in 65 days.

From U.S. Treasury Department:

National Oilwell Varco, Inc. Settles Potential Civil Liability for Apparent Violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, and the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations: National Oilwell Varco, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and its subsidiaries Dreco Energy Services, Ltd. (“Dreco”) and NOV Elmar (“Elmar”) (collectively referred to hereafter as “NOV” unless otherwise noted), have agreed to settle their potential civil liability for apparent violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515 (CACR), the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 560 (ITSR), and the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 538 (SSR), for $5,976,028.

NOV’s settlement with OFAC is concurrent with both a settlement agreement between NOV and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, and a Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA) executed by NOV with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.

OFAC determined that from on or about 2002 to on or about 2009, NOV engaged in certain conduct in apparent violation of the ITSR. Specifically: (1) between October 2002 and April 2005, National Oilwell Varco, Inc. approved at least four Dreco commission payments to a U.K.-based entity that related to the sale and exportation of goods, directly or indirectly, from Dreco to Iran, in apparent violation of §§ 560.206 and 560.208 of the ITSR (these four commission payments have a combined value of $2,630,091); (2) between September 2006 and January 2008, National Oilwell Varco, Inc. engaged in two transactions totaling $13,596,980 involving the direct or indirect sale and exportation of goods to Iran, and/or facilitated those transactions, in apparent violation of §§ 560.206 and 560.208 of the ITSR; (3) between at least 2003 and 2007, Dreco knowingly indirectly exported goods from the United States for the specific purpose of filling at least seven orders from Iranian customers, in apparent violation of § 560.204 of the ITSR (these seven transactions have a total value of $526,480); (4) between 2007 and 2009, Dreco engaged in 45 transactions totaling $1,707,964 involving the sale of goods to Cuba, in apparent violation of § 515.201 of the CACR; (5) between 2007 and 2008, Elmar engaged in two transactions totaling $103,119 involving the sale of goods or services to Cuba, in apparent violation of § 515.201 of the CACR; and (6) between 2005 and 2006, NOV engaged in one $20,928 transaction involving the direct or indirect exportation of goods from the United States to Sudan, in apparent violation of § 538.205 of the SSR (collectively referred to hereafter as the “Apparent Violations”).

Iran to Build Nanotechnology Lab in Cuba

From Iran's state media:

Iran to build nanotechnology lab in Cuba

Iran is ready to build a laboratory center equipped with nanotechnology in one of nano institutes in Cuba, Iran’s VP for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari said Tuesday.

Sorena Sattari, Vice-President for Science and Technology, made the remark in a meeting with Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, scientific adviser to the Cuban president, in Tehran on Tuesday, adding that Iran is also ready to present Cuba with a gifted package including educational services related to how to operate the equipment at the lab.

During the meeting, Sattari noted Iran’s various technological achievements including exports of biotechnological medicine to Russia, the extensive nanotechnology plans for high school and university students as well as companies, the presence of about 160 companies active in the field of nanotechnology and the country’s achievements in the field of water treatment.

“We have sealed good nano agreements with Cuba, and are ready to develop our technological cooperation with this country in the field of vaccines and recombinant drugs,” he said.

Sattari maintained that the biggest e-commerce company in the Middle East is situated in Iran, adding “the company which was only established six years ago now sales over $3.5 million in a day, and is even bigger than similar companies in Russia.”

The Cuban official, for his part, welcomed any kind of cooperation with Iran, and thanked the Islamic Republic for its generous proposal on establishing a nanotechnology laboratory in his country.

U.S. District Court: Cuba Must Pay $166M To Colombian Terrorism Victims

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The Castro regime is having a very bad couple of weeks.

This sets a very important legal precedent.

From Law 360:

Cuba Must Pay $166M To Colombian Terrorist Victims

A Washington, D.C., federal court has granted a $166 million default judgment against the Cuban government for its support of Colombian rebels who captured, tortured and held for ransom for five years three U.S. contractors and killed another.

Federal Judge Amit P. Mehta awarded $44.7 million to each of three surviving contractors from a narcotics surveillance flight shot down in 2003 by the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia, FARC for its Spanish acronym, in addition to $12 million in damages for the widow of a fourth contractor executed immediately after the crash, and $5 million for each of his four children under the State Sponsors of Terrorism exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

“The court has little trouble concluding that Cuba provided the FARC with the materials, training, and resources necessary to carry out these batteries — the aircraft sabotage and physical torture — and that it did so with intent to harm these plaintiffs. Cuba intentionally provided support to the FARC over a number of years and encouraged the FARC to use violence to promote its political agenda,” the decision states.

Cuba’s communist government provided funding, training, weapons and facilitated the drug trafficking efforts of the FARC for decades leading up to the downing of the counter-narcotics operation, and throughout the captivity of Keith Stansell, Marc Gonsalves and Thomas Howe, civilian contractors participating in the operation on behalf of the U.S. Embassy, according to the opinion.

Stansell, Gonsalves and Howe were forcibly marched through the Colombian jungle under the weight of injuries and heavy chains for five years after their flight was shot down by FARC rebels, hoping to exchange the prisoners for concessions from the Colombian government, according to court documents.

During that period, the rebels starved the contractors, forced them to eat rotten and gasoline-tainted food, withheld medicine for the many ailments they suffered as a result of their conditions and even operated to remove a “baseball-sized” cyst from the hip of one hostage with no anesthetic. They also subjected the contractors to psychological torture, including prolonged periods of force isolation and silence, and “dry firing” unloaded weapons at them to simulate executions.

Tom Janis, the former Delta Force pilot of the flight was executed, along with Colombian national Luis Alcides Cruz, at the site of the crash.

Stansell, Gonsalves and Howe filed suit against Cuba in 2015 under the State Sponsors of Terrorism exception to the FSIA, which allows U.S. courts to hear civil suits against states for damages resulting from terrorist acts with foreign government support.

The suit was served to the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, the government, which is currently in the process of restoring diplomatic relations with the U.S., after the countries severed ties in 1961. The Cuban government, however, gave no response, and the plaintiffs requested summary judgment in January.

The parties could not immediately be reached for comment.

The case is Stansell et al v. Republic of Cuba, case number 1:15-cv-01519, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The Oklahoman Editorial Board: Obama's Cuba Policy Produces More Suffering

From The Oklahoman's Editorial Board

Obama's Cuba policy produces only more suffering

It may not be getting much attention, but President Barack Obama's decision to liberalize U.S.-Cuba policy is rapidly shifting from naive and ill-advised to an act of willful obliviousness.

The administration's foreign policy often appears predicated on the idea that enemies will become allies if only the United States embraces appeasement. In Cuba, that theory is being disproved daily.

This fact was highlighted recently in a letter sent to the Obama administration by Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. Both question the legality of Obama's action, which defies federal law regarding the Cuba embargo, but they also note the policy has been wholly ineffective.

“Since you laid out your vision for re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba in December 2014, human rights conditions in the country have worsened,” Lankford and Diaz-Balart wrote.

Citing the congressional testimony of Mauricio Claver-Carone, a former Treasury official who is now executive director of Cuba Democracy Advocates, Lankford and Diaz-Balart noted that “political arrests in Cuba have intensified, Internet connectivity has dropped, and religious freedom violations have increased tenfold since the policy change was announced.”

The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation documented 8,616 political arrests in 2015, and 8,505 political arrests through September of this year. Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports 2,000 churches were declared illegal and 100 were designated for demolition last year in Cuba. That group also “documented 1,606 separate violations of religious freedom in Cuba.”

Lankford and Diaz-Balart noted that “several of the prisoners released by Cuba as part of the announcement of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations were rearrested with even longer prison sentences, according to your State Department's own human rights report.”

In other words, even the Obama administration tacitly admits its policy is failing.

At the same time, Lankford and Diaz-Balart noted the Castro regime was caught smuggling 240 tons of military weapons to North Korea in 2013. In August and September 2016, the Cuban government “deepened ties with Iran, and has allowed Russian spy ships to dock from its territory.” Russian official have announced they may open a military base in Cuba. In congressional testimony, the director of national intelligence, Gen. James R. Clapper, said the Castro dictatorship remains an espionage threat on par with Iran, behind only China and Russia.

Fabiola Santiago, who initially supported Obama's Cuban policy change, has since written in the Miami Herald that the results aren't benefiting the Cuban people. In particular, Santiago is upset that supposed economic development benefits are going to the Cuban military, which runs major hotels now receiving investment funds from American firms.

Wall Street Journal columnist Mary Anastasia O'Grady noted last week that the Cuban economy is “in tatters” while the Castro regime “is backtracking on promises of reform” and “beatings and detentions of dissidents have soared since the U.S. extended the olive branch.”

“Yet Mr. Obama keeps making concessions to the Castros…”

Obama's presidency has been marked by extreme hubris. In Cuba, the price of the administration's unwillingness to acknowledge policy mistakes is being measured in ever-greater human suffering.

Miami Herald Editorial: Castro Regime is Real Threat to Cuba

From The Miami Herald's Editorial Board:

Trump not a threat to Cuba, the regime is

Donald Trump’s victory has sent shock waves through the United States — and also to our nearest “frenemy” 90 miles away.

The president-elect clearly said during his campaign that he would reverse the thaw in relations between Washington and Havana unless Raúl Castro’s government granted more political freedoms to the population.

On this subject, the Cuban regime continues to be deficient: Granting the freedoms to which Mr. Trump referred is tantamount to going against the very essence of the system.

The Editorial Board, though supportive of normalization, has been disappointed with the pace of change in Cuba. In truth, the regime has conceded very little.

In the final days of his campaign, Mr. Trump was endorsed by the veterans of the Bay of Pigs invasion — a group of CIA-trained Cuban exiles who unsuccessfully tried to topple the Fidel Castro regime in 1961.

Rightly, the island government fears that when Mr. Trump moves into the White House, he will put President Obama’s though back on ice. After all, Cuba has seen an increase in the flow of capital it needs to keep its failing economy afloat.

And on the streets, Cubans who dream of coming to the United States see their goal at risk. They fear that Mr. Trump, who has often spoken of reducing the influx of immigrants to the nation, will eliminate migratory privileges, such as visas programs, that allow Cubans to resettle in the United States.

It is possible that before Jan. 20, when the real-estate magnate takes office, there will be increased attempts to cross the Florida Straits, or there will be a jump in the number of Cubans making their way to the United States through other countries.

No doubt, such a renewed exodus will have an impact on South Florida.

The restlessness on the island coincides with an announcement last week of military exercises in Cuba. Cuban authorities say the exercises will be held from Nov. 16 thru 18.

The objective is to “raise the country’s willingness to defend and prepare the troops and the population to deal with the enemy’s different actions,” according to a statement in the official newspaper Granma.

But who is the enemy the Cuban government refers to in the announcement?

Is it the United States, the so-called “Yankee imperialist,” the term the Castro regime used for the United States before President Obama set each nation on a road to cordiality? Keeping the population fearful and alert for a possible foreign invasion from the United States has long been a Castro tactic.

Just like previous Republican and Democratic administrations in the last half a century, Mr. Trump likely has no interest in launching a military operation against the old enemy. So ordering military exercises to confront the hypothetical “enemy actions,” is a sign of the paranoia that has characterized the Cuban regime.

It is possible that the real intention of the Castro government with these exercises is, as on previous occasions, to distract the people from the real threats facing the Cuban people, those from within: lack of freedoms, economic crisis, despair at the system failure.

The war maneuvers will be nothing more than a useless display of a military power that has dissipated since the Soviet Union pulled out of the island. Neither Mr. Trump nor anyone in the U.S. government entertains the crazy idea of invading Cuba.

The real enemy of the Cubans is not in Washington, but on the island itself.