When it comes to Cuba and Haiti, Joe Biden looks like Trump.
In the wake of protests in Cuba over lack of Covid vaccines, goods and services, many of us are talking again about ending the failed sixty-year embargo.
The shortages in Cuba are largely the result of the U.S. embargo and serve no good purpose.
Continuing the embargo is neither in the interest of the United States nor Cuba.
Ending the embargo seemed to be where we were headed under the Obama presidency. There was increased travel and trade between the U.S. and Cuba.
In 2016 Obama led a delegation to Cuba including businesspeople and congressional leaders. The trip followed Obama establishing normalized diplomatic relations in 2014.
Obama was the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928.
That all ended with the Trump.
It is disappointing that when it comes to Cuba, Joe Biden appears to be more like Trump than he is like Obama.
Departing from a campaign promise, President Joe Biden said he will not reverse restrictions imposed by Trump. There has even been rumors of some kind of military intervention.
Rumors aside, the embargo continues.
Biden blames the the lack of democracy for the continued economic war on Cuba. But Biden’s hypocrisy is exposed by comparing his actions towards Cuba to his actions towards Haiti.
The government of the assassinated Haitian president Jovenel Moïse was as corrupt and undemocratic as they come.
The story behind his assassination is yet to be fully told.
But Moïse had the full support of the Biden Government as well as Trump before that.
As protesters hurled rocks outside Haiti’s national palace and set fires on the streets to demand President Jovenel Moïse’s resignation, President Trump invited him to Mar-a-Lago in 2019, posing cheerfully with him in one of the club’s ornate entryways.
After members of Congress warned that Mr. Moïse’s “anti-democratic abuses” reminded them of the run-up to the dictatorship that terrorized Haiti in decades past, the Biden administration publicly threw its weight behind Mr. Moïse’s claim on power.
And when American officials urged the Biden administration to change course, alarmed that Haiti’s democratic institutions were being stripped away, they say their pleas went unheeded — and sometimes never earned a response at all.
Through Mr. Moïse’s time in office, the United States backed his increasingly autocratic rule, viewing it as the easiest way of maintaining stability in a troubled country that barely figured into the priorities of successive administrations in Washington, current and former officials say.