Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: If You're Going To Enforce An Idiotic Policy, It Helps To Be An Idiot

22 May 2008

If You're Going To Enforce An Idiotic Policy, It Helps To Be An Idiot

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Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez

Since Fidel Castro stepped down as head of the Cuban government, a lot of changes have taken place (link link). Dissidents have been released, Cubans are blogging, and for the first time Cubans are allowed to buy DVDs and cell phones. So that means that we'll see an end to the American trade sanction on Cuba, right?

Wrong:



Everything we hear is that it is the same exact repression, fear, brutality that has existed over 49 years. We believe the people deserve to know, and we believe that the political prisoners in those dungeons deserve to know that the international community is paying attention to them.

--Carlos Gutierrez, May 18, 2008



Well, if there haven't been any changes in 49 years, that means the embargo has been unsuccessful and will be lifted, right? RIGHT???

Wrong:



The purpose of the embargo is to deny resources to a regime who is clearly anti-American, who doesn't like our country, and in that regard the embargo has been extremely successful.

--Carlos Gutierrez, May 22, 2008


So, that means that regime change and human rights in Cuba weren't the reasons we were boycotting trade with Cuba?

No:



The policy in Cuba is designed to create changes, and anything that strengthens the regime is something (Bush) is not in favor of. We think what really needs to happen in Cuba is for that system to change.

--Carlos Gutierrez, May 22, 2008


Huh? So the embargo wasn't meant to bring about change, but change is what we want, and it's not what the embargo has produced, so we're going to stick with the embargo. I wonder if Carlos can make that any more clear for us:



Gutierrez said the embargo, imposed in 1962 to undermine the government of Fidel Castro, deprived Cuban leaders of resources they would have used for "ill-focused goals."

(emphasis added, idiocy in original)


(cross posted at Liberal Avenger and appletree)

3 Comments:

Anonymous R J Adams said...

He was another of Bush's weirdo choices for plum administration jobs. Hardly an independent assessment of Cuba's regime considering he's probably still mad at Castro for purloining Daddy's pineapple plantation back in the '50's. Apparently, he keeps a weird book on Islamic creationism on prominent display in his office waiting room.

10:50 pm  
Anonymous gordo said...

RJ--

That's certainly strange. Blaming Darwin for everything from the Holocaust to Restless Leg Syndrome is common among creationist Christians, but a book pushing that point of view would seem out of place in the office of the Secretary of Commerce. So I'd be really interested to know the story behind that book in Gutierrez' office.

11:15 pm  
Blogger RJ Adams said...

Gordo: -

According to a later comment in Harpers: 'Richard Mills, an agency spokesman, said in an email: “Apparently like thousands of others, the Department received an unsolicited gift, which was mistakenly displayed in a reception area. We regret this mistake occurred and have removed the book.”'

Make of that what you will. Considering the book weighs twelve pounds and runs to 800 pages, the explanation seems a little hard to swallow. Not exactly a 'quick browse' while waiting for the Secretary!

Here's the link:

http://harpers.org/archive/2007/12/hbc-90001874

6:25 pm  

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