By Karen Lee Wald
Source: Read full article at Truthdig
In declaring Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela America’s latest “axis of evil,” and implementing Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, Donald Trump has once again demonstrated his commitment to undoing Barack Obama’s presidency—even if it means harming U.S. interests.
Named after far-right North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms and his co-sponsor, Republican Congressman Dan Burton, the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act of 1995 sought to strangle the Cuban revolution by tightening the United States’ economic blockade while simultaneously incentivizing other countries to impose sanctions on the island nation. But there was one especially damaging section of the bill that then President Bill Clinton had failed to remove: Title III.
Clinton ultimately recognized that this section took the United States’ economic warfare a step too far, precluding U.S. citizens, residents and companies from trading with Cuba. It also declared that no other country could do the same without facing economic reprisals.
Forcing foreign countries and their citizens to defer to U.S. law is anathema to any government that considers itself soveraign. This was…