There is no ban on American companies selling foodstuffs or medicines to Cuba, which they do on a “cash-and-carry” basis. But Washington won’t provide credit to Cuba, i.e., absorb the loss if the regime fails to pay its suppliers. Thus American companies selling to Cuba get paid and American taxpayers aren’t on the hook when the regime fails to pay what it owes.
Individually, Cubans have no “purchasing power” to speak of. The government is the island’s only “employer” and pays workers the equivalent of $20 a month. Except for cigars, Cuba now has very little to sell to anyone. For 200 years, the engine of Cuba’s economy was its sugar industry. It is now in shambles due to “state planning.”
Lastly, the United States lists Cuba as a state-sponsor of international terrorism. It does so, despite the best efforts of Ana Belen Montes, a high-ranking Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, who presented Havana as peace-loving and no threat to anyone. Montes was a spy for Cuba. She pleaded guilty and is now in a federal penitentiary. Her “reports” are still used by Castro’s advocates.
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