This bizarre article in the Washington Post seemed unaware of its own implications.
Cuba is surrounded by countries used as cartel way stations. But it has distinguished itself as a tough place to traffic drugs â€” and also an unlikely behind-the-scenes partner with its decades-long rival, the United States.
While the U.S. and Cuban governments have squared off over politics and the American economic embargo for generations, they have also quietly cooperated on drug-enforcement issues […]
In the eyes of U.S. counternarcotics officials, many of Americaâ€™s closest neighbors regularly receive failing grades for their efforts to stop the drug trade. Mexico, where 100,000 have died in drug-related violence over the past eight years, remains â€œa major transit and source country for illicit drugs destined for the United States,â€ according to a 2014 State Department report. In Jamaica, drug-related corruption is â€œentrenchedâ€ and â€œwidespread,â€ while in Guatemala, â€œtransnational drug trafficking organizations are able to move drugs, precursor chemicals and bulk cash with little difficulty,â€ the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report states.
But the same report offers rare praise for Americaâ€™s longtime communist foe.
Wow. Apparently, all those people died in Mexico because they weren’t pure enough drug warriors like the U.S. and Cuba.
Cubaâ€™s reputation now â€” of omnipresent police, strict punishment for drug crimes and low demand from users â€” contrasts sharply with its pre-revolution heyday. Before the Castros came to power, Havanaâ€™s nightclubs and casinos had the full range of illicit substances, and opium dens were a fixture of the cityâ€™s once-bustling Chinatown. Soon after taking over in 1959, Fidel Castro and his rebel army shut down the casinos, imposed draconian drug laws, and sent addicts and others to Marxist reeducation camps for hard labor. While American hippies grew their hair long and indulged in pot-fueled paeans to Che Guevara, the real communists in Cuba came to associate recreational drug use with ideological deviation and other political taboos.
So, what you’re saying is, the U.S. today, unlike the hippies of decades ago, is more akin to the real communists in Cuba.
â€œCubaâ€™s a police state, and I don’t believe the Cuban government wants to be a hub for drug smugglers,â€ said Barry McCaffrey, a retired general who served as the White House drug czar during the Clinton administration and is a former commander of the U.S. militaryâ€™s Southern Command, which focuses on Latin America. â€œThey saw it as a threat to their children, the work force, their economy, their government.â€
Cuba is like us when it comes to the drug war, because they’re a police state.
The article is so unwittingly true.