More Evidence of the Silliness of US Policy Towards Cuba
A visit to Cuba by US pop singer Beyonce and her rap star husband Jay-Z is coming under scrutiny in connection with the US economic embargo.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, both members of Congress from Florida, asked the US treasury department to clarify what licence the two stars had obtained to travel to Cuba.
"Cuba’s tourism industry is wholly state-controlled; therefore, US dollars spent on Cuban tourism directly fund the machinery of oppression that brutally represses the Cuban people," they wrote.
Americans are not allowed to visit Cuba and spend money there unless they have special US government permission, according to guidance on the US treasury website.
Granted: it terms of the letter of the law, the Representatives have a point. However, this just underscored the silliness of said law.
US policy towards Cuba is one remarkable mix of counter-productiveness and pettiness.
Counter-productive because lifting the embargo would hasten liberalization in Cuba (so, we are helping perpetuate the repressive government in question) and petty because the Cold War ended over two decades ago and the Cuban Missile Crisis was half a century ago.