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I can't wait until we're buying oil from Cuba to fulfil our slowly wasting addictions. I guess we're already buying butt tons from Venezuela, but shh, don't tell anyone we do business with THOSE socialist terrorists.

Posted by rococo | October 17, 2008 10:21 AM

It will be fascinating to follow the effects of this new-found wealth. Will money be poured into social programs, and rebuilding the crubling infrastructure creating the first true communist success story, or will it find its way into the hands of a few corrupt individuals who will flourish as the rest of the population stays in poverty?

Posted by inkweary | October 17, 2008 10:31 AM

US to invade Cuba after Guantanamo terrorist attack involving exploding cigars, WMD evidence.

Posted by 3rd option | October 17, 2008 10:36 AM

Finally, something to put in all those Studebakers.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 17, 2008 10:42 AM

@1: What makes you think we'll be buying it? By the time we're down to needing oil from Cuba, it will be so expensive that it will be cheaper to frame the government for some terrorist act and invade it. They'll be fighting with bolt-action rifles from the open windows of ancient Chevy Bel-Airs until Venezuela or some other country comes to their aid.

Posted by Banna | October 17, 2008 10:48 AM

If you have a milkshake, and I have a very very long American Saudi-owned straw, I drink your milkshake.

I drink it all up!

Posted by Comrade Bush in Socialist White House | October 17, 2008 10:58 AM

You know, it is way past time that we ended the embargo and normalized relations with Cuba. Exiled patricians and Republican hardliners can go fuck themselves.

Posted by Greg | October 17, 2008 10:58 AM

Cuba says lots of things.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 17, 2008 11:11 AM

I love how Cuba gives reactionaries fits.

Posted by elenchos | October 17, 2008 11:20 AM

I'm waiting for Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and Nature Conservancy members to show up in Cuba to protest the offshore drilling.

Sorry, this might take a while ...

Posted by Seajay | October 17, 2008 11:43 AM

Maybe Michael Moore can do a documentary about their superior drilling techniques.

Posted by John Bailo | October 17, 2008 12:00 PM

Jesus. Seajay and Bailo, if you guys are going to fuck, could you do it somewhere we don't have to watch?

Posted by Fnarf | October 17, 2008 12:40 PM

Cuba is a communist nation. Stalin was the leader of a communist nation who enslaved millions. Therefore, anyone who sympathizes with Cuba is an advocate of slavery. Q.E.D., bitches!

Posted by John Bailo | October 17, 2008 2:21 PM

Can you say "Cambio de Régimen?"

Posted by Gurldoggie | October 17, 2008 3:13 PM

@13, by your logic, sympathizing with any country that shares any characteristics at all with the Soviet Union is advocating slavery. Canada is partly above the Arctic Circle, therefore supporting Canada is supporting slavery! Bing bong!

Cuba's regime has faults that can be elucidated without any reference to Stalin, as anyone with half a brain can tell. Communism has kept them poor, yes; and Castro's regime is viciously oppressive. No one denies that. But it is also undeniable that America's response to Castro, which is not shared with ANY other country in the world, is a grotesque failure, and has made their misery much worse. Neither admitting that, nor stopping the embargo, amount to expressing support or admiration for Castro's government. There are lots of governments we don't like, for good reasons, that we are somehow able to coexist with, except for this one.

Unfortunately, John Bailo's analytical style is not to look at the facts and think coherently or deeply, but to shout "FUCK YOU, ASSHOLE" and attempt to kill debate. He's an idiot of the worst kind of Malkin sort, only without Malkin's laser focus. Bailo just sounds dim.

Posted by Fnarf | October 17, 2008 3:30 PM

One question that appears to have been missed in discussion of the potential US role in Cuba's oil sector is whether Cuba either needs or wants US involvement in exploiting her oil (or any other) resources. Why would she if one takes into account the hypocrisy and lies which underpin US (and British) involvement in Iraq and her oil resources ? Why expose herself to attempts of economic dominance that successive US governments and its crony relationships with oil companies have employed elsewhere in the world ? Cuba has stood resolutely and maintained her sovereignty and dignity against incessant US aggression for decades. She has the absolute right to decide the manner in which her own resources are used for the benefit of her own people. The USA blew the opportunity nearly 50 years ago. Get with it, there's a new order: China buys US government paper to fund more consumption by the USA of products made in China - where's the dignity in that ? The leaders of US financial institutions have been shown to be self-serving and self-aggrandising without humility (how many have fallen on their own swords to acknowledge the hardship and burden they are responsible for loading onto the shoulders of US tax payers ?). The USA becomes increasingly dependent on foreign sources of investment to sustain (a deficit driven economy): where is the self-respect in that ? The USA now needs the rest of the world more than the rest of the world needs the USA. Whither the American Dream ?

Posted by Mark Gibson | October 18, 2008 12:11 AM

@12 ... thank you. Sincerely. When someone I'm making a point to has to fall back on personal insults and four-letter words, that says it all.

Posted by Seajay | October 18, 2008 11:00 AM

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