Our late President Ronald Reagan called Noriega of Panama “a two-bit dictator.” We kidnapped him, held a trial and threw him in prison on drug trafficking charges, plus a few other crimes. Our president has given diplomatic recognition to communist Cuba and the two Castro dictator brothers. These two might qualify as “four-bit” dictators.
According to a recent news article by the Tribune Washington Bureau, our State Department “... plans to add about two dozen Americans to the current 50 U.S. diplomats in Havana.” That adds up to 74 full-time federal employees for one little communist island.
A plethora of well-qualified venerable economists have been warning us for years that our country is approaching “a dangerous tipping point” regarding our ever-growing $17 trillion national debt. We can find our nation in worse shape than Greece. Who is there that could or would bail us out?
For this exercise in futility I suggest that the U.S. Embassy in Havana be staffed with one ambassador, a secretary and perhaps a handyman assistant who could also double as driver for the ambassador. Naturally, our State Department would purchase nothing less than a new Cadillac or Lincoln limousine. Who is driving our debt up?
Bill Ward, Meridian