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The Cold War Intensifies Against Cuba

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I have a friend, a former Marine Captain, who has over the years done quite a bit of travel to Cuba. During the time when cruises were allowed to go there, he tried to get me to come along.

I told him the situation was in flux, since the Trumpists took power. He said the Cubanos would be joyous to meet an actual American bluesman. I just couldn't pull the trigger and go.

Now, I regret that I did not take advantage of a possible opportunity then, because exactly what I warned Robert about has taken place. John Bolton leading the charge (is it a coincidence that both Bolton and Teddy Roosevelt sport massive mustaches??), the United States Government, i. e. Donald J. Trump (l'etat c'est moi), has declared a Cold War against Cuba.

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Our government has decided to forbid the American people from any interaction with the people of Cuba. It is a process of demonization.

If the lie about Cuba being our enemy is screamed loudly and shrilly enough, people will begin to say, "Damn, Bolton must be right! We wouldn't cut 'em completely off if they were our friends. They gotta have something to hide. Missiles? Bioweapons?" etc. etc.

Cuba can't remotely threaten the United States of America. They haven't got the weapons: no nuclear-capable missiles. Or any missiles that we know of. No bombers.

They haven't got the logistical capability to supply an aggressive act against the US. No landing craft for an invasion, and not enough fuel to power all those things, nor food to feed its bellies.

And there is something called Landsat that can minutely (down to the date on a coin) observe anything that remotely looks like a ship bearing any kind of weapon whatsoever from any point on the planet before it ever gets within thousands of miles of Cuba. If people were not so behaviorally modified to expect and fear foes, the very idea of any military threat to the US by Cuba would raise laughter heard pole to pole.

This is naked Goebbels strategy. Tell the big lie long enough and people will take it for the truth. And Goebbels didn't have the advantage of Computer-Age Information Overload surrounding the lying message such that few really look beneath the surface of the misleading propaganda.

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Bolton, in our names, y'all, is attempting not only to economically but socially isolate Cuba. He is trying to engineer events such that Cuba can be spun as a Hermit Kingdom needful of regime change.

It's the same neoconservative playbook again and again and again, and Bolton's been there the whole time, if not at the President's ear, counseling from the wings from which he was guaranteed to return. I am surprised he was not named Secretary of State from the gitgo.

One thing that almost certainly would have happened, had Hillary Clinton be elected President, is the normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba, a process started in the Obama Administration. Of course, one other thing that would have occurred is that international diplomacy would have continued to be carried on by Ambassadors, not on Twitter in the middle of the night.

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One high school mate says, "Fly to Mexico, and there to Cuba. Easy. (bleep) Trump." An old VVAW comrade mentions that one of our brothers went to Cuba within the last year, without mentioning under what circumstances.

However, to them I must say that after today's policy decision I'd be reluctant to fly to Cuba from Mexico (on what airline?), then fly back to Mexico and then fly to-- in my case, Memphis, and have US authorities see where my passport has been. I depend on flying for a large part of my living, couldn't afford being on a no-fly list.

Moreover, I'd have to think further about whether any battle that ensued would be worth it for me to fight, it being primarily unfamiliar legal ground for me.

And I do not underestimate the rabid persuasiveness of John Bolton upon an erratic and ignorant Donald Trump. Bolton quite plausibly be allowed by this president to take his warmongering neo-con aspirations to their logical conclusion, which would of course be some kind of regime change happening in Cuba, more or less nakedly.

I don't reckon I want to be seen there, either by quislings or by American operatives or mercenaries.

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