Thursday, September 29, 2016

Speaking of Trump ...


... that last post was a digression from where I intended to go. I clicked through to the account of Trump's visit to the Versailles Restaurant in Miami from a different Miami New Times piece -- a piece about Trump having apparently illegally (versus US embargo laws) done business in Cuba.

Thing was, I was prepared to find something likable about Trump. The US embargo of Cuba has been instrumental in keeping the Castro brothers and the Communist Party in power for half a century. I'm not sure if every violation of the embargo law is heroic per se, but it's definitely not something I'd hold against Trump or anyone else. Bringing about the beginning of the end of that tyrannical idiocy is one of the few things I've applauded US president Barack Obama for.

Unfortunately, even if it's true that Trump violated the embargo himself, according to the New Times story he "has said he would reverse all of Obama's decisions to relax the embargo and would refuse to lessen any sanctions on the island nation until Castro released political prisoners and restored some civil rights."

So he may be a hypocrite (the other possibility is that, as with so many other things, there's no real way to know what he actually intends because he reverses himself every three minutes or so on most issues).

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