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by Steve Timmer
Jul 19, 2021, 3:00 PM

William Beyer is a repeat Spotty ™ winner!

William Beyer of St. Louis Park wins his second Spotty™ for a letter to the editor in the Star Tribune today. He won his first one a couple of years ago for untangling word salads by George Will and Doug Tice on the differences between natural and positive law, a subject close to my heart.

His current letter is on the subject of Cuba, or Cuber as John Kennedy used to call it, back in the early days of our hatred of that beleaguered island. Beleaguered in no small part because of our economic warfare against it. We invaded it once, too, you’ll recall.

Anyway, here’s the letter. Since the Strib was nice enough to publish it, you ought to give the Strib and Mr. Beyer a click. You’ll feel better about yourself.

President Joe Biden sounded noble on Tuesday: “We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering.”

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez appeared on Fox News the same day and declared: “And what should be being contemplated right now is a coalition of potential military action in Cuba, similar to what has happened in both administrations in both Republican and Democrat administrations.” He suggested aerial bombing.

On the U.S. Department of State’s website, an internal memorandum dated April 6, 1960, discusses “The decline and fall of Castro,” noting:

“The only foreseeable means of alienating internal support is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship. … [E]very possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life of Cuba. If such a policy is adopted, it should be the result of a positive decision which would call forth a line of action which, while as adroit and inconspicuous as possible, makes the greatest inroads in denying money and supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of government.”

So here are your choices, Joe. Continue to violate the United Nations Charter to promote regime change, standing on, not with, the Cuban people. Or lift the trade embargo and end all U.S. sanctions to see what happens.

Or bomb the bejeezus out of them, the only truly American, and bipartisan, solution.

William Beyer, St. Louis Park

Mr. Beyer is right. Bombing would be the American way.

Remember readers, a Spotty™ is awarded for an op-ed, letter to the editor, or blog post or comment that I wish I had written myself.

Update: And just for the record, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is out of his effing mind. What an evil, brutal ass.

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