The bad neighbor

February 10, 2006

Miami Herald- Editorial Opinion

The expulsion of Cuban officials from a U.S.-owned hotel in Mexico City at the behest of the U.S. Treasury Department is an incident straight out of the Three Stooges school of diplomacy. A friendly nation has been insulted, U.S. businesses in Mexico are alarmed, and Cuba can once again paint itself as the aggrieved party in its dispute with the United States.

With an arrogance that undoubtedly surprises no one in Mexico, U.S. Treasury officials demanded that managers of the María Isabel Sheraton expel a delegation of Cubans who were there to discuss oil drilling in Cuban waters with U.S. oilmen. The hotel acquiesced, fearing punishment under laws related to the U.S. embargo against Cuba.


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