This week, the US and Cuba announced diplomatic relations will resume after a half-century. American trade will drag much of Cuban quality of life into the 21st century, and businesses will have a busy new market for their goods. The embargo, a remnant left over too long from the Cold War, proved to do nothing but stop mutually beneficial progress. Despite the 2000 allowance of limited trade, the embargo caused stress and poverty as old antagonisms artificially limited the economic prospects for the Cuban people.
Though Texas’ junior senator is a Cuban’s son, he blasted the decision. Here are the remarks Cruz made Wednesday about the news:
Look, the Castros are the ones who have decided to be brutal, repressive dictators. And we should not be taking blame for the fact that we responded to their active acts of war and hostility. They are a leading state sponsor of terrorism and just like President Obama did with Russia, just like President Obama did with Iran, he does not understand the difference between our friends and our enemies.
FactCheck deemed Cruz’s terrorism claim incorrect. But maybe that’s not the most egregious thing. If it were up to Ted Cruz, his ancestral people would continue to suffer ad infinitum. This is a man who condemned his own government’s acknowledgement of horrific human rights abuses earlier this month, and now pushes for keeping the Cuban people languishing for no reason. You know what the worst ongoing “act of war and hostility” in Cuba is? Guantanamo Bay, run by the United States.
It’s not as though Cruz is hearing anything different than his crazed, racist father. Cuban-born Rafael Cruz, who said recently that “the average black” doesn’t understand minimum wage laws, is a fierce embargo supporter for evidently the same reason as his son: blustery rhetoric, paper-thin toughness, and media attention.
Perhaps most ironically given Cruz’s stance , Texas stands to benefit greatly in jobs and revenue from the lifted trade restrictions. The Tribune explains:
Texas was once a leading exporter to Cuba in a quiet partnership that helped produce hundreds of jobs and millions in revenue for the Lone Star State. The relationship didn’t end with the U.S. embargo decades ago, but thrived until just a few years ago, even as Republicans dominated the Texas political landscape.
Texas businesses have good reason to celebrate an expanded market of 11.27 million people desperate for adequate goods in many different categories. But don’t count on Ted Cruz to start caring about Texas any time soon.