After the US regime has been gearing up for the overthrow of the Bolivarian Maduro government, at the same time it is directly attacking Venezuela’s closest allies as part of its overall foreign policy strategy.
The US State Department announced that it would put into practice a section of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act, which will allow lawsuits by US citizens against dozens of Cuban companies and other entities that have paved their way onto Washington’s Cuba Restricted List.
This will enable Americans to pursue legal claims in the USA against companies which operate on properties expropriated by Cuba following the Cuban revolution.
Since the legislation’s inception, every US president since Bill Clinton has suspended the provision due to international backlash, because Canada and Europe have significant business holdings in Cuba.
But now the US regime in Washington has opened the floodgates to unmanageable litigation (estimated at over 200,000 possible lawsuits).
The government in Havana has often said that it would gladly reimburse the owners of properties nationalized after the revolution, but only if it were in turn reimbursed for billions of dollars’ worth of damages which it has suffered during a 60-year US trade embargo.
Unsurprisingly, the European Union (EU) was not on board with this latest move by the Trump administration to isolate yet another country on the world stage.
EU’s Federica Mogherini and Cecilia Malmstrom, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton, warning that if the USA does not honor this request, the EU will look to other means to protect its interests.
Taking a break from beating the drums of war against Iran and Venezuela, on the same day as the State Department announcement on Cuba, Bolton took a trip to Coral Gables, Florida to speak at a commemorative luncheon of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association.
Approximately 60 years ago, Fidel Castro led a revolution in Cuba that resulted in the overthrow of a US-backed dictator, Fulgencio Batista.
As the US regime tends to do, it then commissioned CIA director Allen Dulles to put together a plan to overthrow Castro, which eventually led to then-president Kennedy giving the green light for an invasion at the Bay of Pigs in southwest Cuba.
During his speech, Bolton, in spectacular fashion, attacked the “disastrous Obama-era policies” and vowed to “finally end the glamorization of socialism and communism” by launching a new round of sanctions against Cuba.
The Bolton sanctions do not actually target the Cuban government but instead, target Cuban people and US citizens.
Bolton also promised to crack down and restrict the movement of American citizens traveling to Cuba.
The Trump administration is also going to cap remittances from residents in the USA at $4,000 per person a year. Currently, Cubans are sending $3 billion to family in Cuba, and hundreds of thousands traveled to visit the island in 2019 alone.
The most nonsensical part of the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory is that Trump’s entire foreign policy centers around a strategy of opposing and undermining Russia and China at almost every turn.
We all know the Trump administration’s stance on Venezuela, as the media have been gearing us up for yet another US-backed coup (don’t call it a coup though) in the South American oil-rich nation.
During a speech in Miami last year, Bolton accused Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua of forming a “Troika of Tyranny,” claiming that the three nations represented “the Perils of Poisonous anti-US ideologies left unchecked.
However, these three countries are minding their own business and are not terrorizing the USA, just protecting their constitutional sovereignty.
While it is likely that Cuba will take a hard hit following the crackdown on travel, the cap on remittances and the commencement of potential lawsuits (the threat of which could be enough to put a halt to some businesses), the Cubans seem resolute in their willingness to fight back, as they did quite convincingly at the Bay of Pigs.
John Bolton would dream of re-igniting the embarrassing bloodbath that took place that day, and anyone who falls for Bolton’s warmongering rhetoric probably deserves what’s coming next.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.