Question about Cuba

Eli Stephens elishastephens at
Sun Jul 20 20:15:59 MDT 2003

The Guantanamo treaty, which grew out of the Platt Amendment to the Cuban
constitution, was effectively signed at gunpoint and, as a contract, has no
validity. However, even if the treaty were ever valid, it very specifically
states: "The United States of America agrees and covenants to pay for the
Republic of Cuba the annual sum of two thousand dollars, in gold coin of the
United States." Not "two thousand dollars," but "two thousand dollars, in
gold coin." The United States has been violating that provision of the
treaty at least since 1959, and probably before, and therefore has lost any
claim to continued enforcement of the treaty.

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