As I mentioned in my last article, more scheduled flights on U.S. airlines to Cuba are steadily being added. This seems counter-intuitive, given several factors which would seem to discourage this. President Trump’s speech last year seriously discouraged Americans from flying to Cuba, even though no real changes were made in the travel regulations. The mysterious sonic “attacks” were just scary enough to discourage more visitors. In reality, the odds of being affected by them are about the same as being hit by a meteor. The number of American visitors to Cuba is down sharply from the previous year. And yet—JetBlue, Southwest, and United are actually ADDING scheduled flights to Cuba. Why? Because they probably know something that the general public does not yet know.
As I said in my last posting, for decades, anti-Cuba hardliner exiles in Miami and in the U.S. government have insisted that the U.S. embargo would never end until the Castros were out of power. Well–Raul Castro has been replaced by President Diaz-Canel. In addition, it is quite clear to both Anti-Trump and Pro-Trump supporters that one of Trump’s major motivations is to end any actions initiated by President Obama, whether those actions made any sense or not. President Trump now can claim to his base supporters that he “got rid of the Castros” (even though Raul’s departure had been scheduled five years earlier). President Trump can now publicly proclaim that he is the new hero of the Cuban people. Whoo-hoo!
This seems very consistent with his international policies on parade this week. He has shown support and “understanding” for adversaries such as North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, while driving a wedge between the U.S. and our former best allies. I seriously expect Trump to reverse his Cuba policies again soon, and even call for an end to the Embargo. Why else would these airlines suddenly decide to add flights to Cuba, when logically, they should be cutting back even more? Because these plans were probably leaked!
Think about it–Cubans watch a lot of American television–everything from Major League Baseball & the Super Bowl, to Homeland, The Simpsons, 60 Minutes, the Academy Awards, and…..re-runs of The Apprentice! They can watch whatever they want. Some have access to illegal DirecTV satellite service. Others rent “The Package” every week—one of thousands of portable hard drives that are rented by the hour to download current American television programs. This is also illegal. (Many worthwhile things in Cuba are illegal—and rarely enforced.)
Since a clear majority of Cuban-Americans in Miami now favor an end to the Embargo, it would make sense politically for Trump to suddenly become the hero who “kicked out the Castros” and “opened-up” Cuba. He has dreamed of a Trump Tower Havana for over a decade. Trump can make a victorious appearance in Havana amid screaming throngs of Cubans (who are well-aware of a phony when they see one). What a spectacle! He could make an appearance at Revolutionary Square with new President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who is smart enough to realize he should at least ACT like he respects Trump. He can then join the significant number of world leaders who compliment Trump to his face, then make crude jokes about him behind his back!
The only roadblock I see on the horizon is that Trump will have to ask permission from Russian President Putin to pull off this plan. But hey!—it’s just part of the Art of the Deal!
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