Latin American countries deserve credit for their recent denunciations of what they bluntly refer to as Venezuela’s dictatorship, but I have a hard time understanding why they don’t do the same thing with Cuba’s dictatorship. When it comes to Cuba, they all seem to look the other way…
Why isn’t there any world outrage over Cuba’s dictatorship? Granted, President Donald Trump recently made a big show recently in Miami, claiming on June 16 before an audience of Cuban exiles that he was “canceling” the Obama administration’s normalization of ties with Cuba.
But it was just that, political theater: Trump has left intact most key aspects of former President Barack Obama’s opening to Cuba. Trump has not shut down the new U.S. Embassy in Havana nor banned U.S. airlines or cruise liners from going to Cuba.
On the contrary, U.S. trade and tourism to Cuba is flourishing under Trump. During the first six months this year, there were 8,287 flights between the United States and Cuba, a 180 percent increase over the same period last year, according to a report by The Havana Consulting Group. That’s more than triple the flights in 2014, when Obama started the normalization of U.S. ties with Cuba.