The Battle for Cuba is On

When President Obama suddenly lifted some sanctions against Cuba last year, many were wondering if this was a political move, or one of the inevitability of a boycott that had lasted far beyond its intended purpose.  And with the U.S. relaxing flights into Cuba by citizens, and conducting their first corporate agreement in 50 years via a new factory to be built on Cuban soil, this sphere of reasons may be expanded to include foreign policy much more than the ideology of a war against Communism.

This is because there is more at stake in Cuba than just friendlier relations between Washington and Havana.  In a new interview on Feb. 14, Dr. Jim Willie reported that both Russia and China are working right now behind the scenes to expand free trade and the building of new infrastructure, with two of the goals being the development of their offshore oil resources, and a warm water port in the South Atlantic.

Fast forward to the 1:24:00 mark

What is not so visible is that Russia and China are involved now in some multi-billion dollar development deals. One of them that I’D like to point to is the one in the port of Mariel. And the Russians have promised to build a huge air terminal and commercial set of warehouses. They want trade with Cuba, but that’s not the biggest element in the Cuban deals. It’s the multi-billion projects for offshore oil and gas.

— Jim Willie

It is one thing in the 1960's to dust off the Monroe Doctrine and declare Cuban waters a protectorate from Soviet incursion during a Cold War that had nuclear implications, but it is something else to try to do the same when on the surface the issues are now over trade rights and corporate agreements.  Thus the United States appears today to be acting in the sphere of a salesman, who is trying to offer Cuba massive concessions to entice the island economy to choose them (a former enemy) over Russia (its former ally) for the future of the country.

It is amazing how ever since Russia and China began energy agreements in 2013 that the entire world is racing headlong towards a new paradigm of re-organization when it comes to trade and commerce.  And since the U.S. is behind the power curve through its offshoring of manufacturing and its aggressive stances towards any nation that threatens its hegemony, when the dust finally settles America may find itself isolated to the point where even their new TPP and TTIP trade pacts are worth less than the paper they are written upon.