Watching US Cuba policy in the theater of the absurd

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by William LeoGrande

“Trying to make sense of U.S. policy toward Cuba is like trying to make sense of a play in the theater of the absurd. The rationales offered by the policy’s defenders make no sense, and when they try to explain, they sound like characters in an Ionesco play. Recent legislative proposals from Cuban American members of the House of Representatives are prime examples. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, and Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, recently proposed new sanctions locking in Cuba’s groundless designation as a sponsor of international terrorism, blocking assistance to Cuba’s private sector on the grounds that it doesn’t exist, and punishing countries hosting Cuban medical missions for practicing ‘modern slavery.'” (04/02/24)