The Breakdown - sonic attacks in Cuba


The federal government has issued travel restrictions to Cuba.

President John F. Kennedy first cut off travel to the communist island nation in the 1960s because the longtime leader Fidel Castro was notorious for oppressing his people

For five decades, different U.S. Presidents tried different methods to help the people of Cuba, but in 2014, President Obama granted U.S. citizens the clearance to travel there.

Fast forward to November 2016 when dictator Fidel Castro died and his brother Raul Castro assumed the presidency, in time for the election of Donald Trump as President of the U.S.

President Trump called President Obama's agreement with the Cuban government one-sided. Many older Cuban-Americans who fled from the Castro regime supported Trump.

Which administration was right? That depends on how you believe the nation of Cuba can be helped. President Obama believed tourism would aid Cuban business owners while President Trump believes tourism supports the Castro regime.

At the same time that Donald Trump was elected as President, several U.S. diplomats in Cuba reported suffering from hearing loss, speech concerns and headaches. Two of them had to return to the U.S. because they were suffering so much. After those diplomatic employees were examined, the suspected cause of their problems was identified as a sonic boom, meaning someone fired a soundwave weapon which can disorient the victim and even cause their organs to shake.

Raul Castro swears he has no idea what is happening, but if it wasn't an attack from the Cuban government, then who is to blame? The U.S. has enemies that would probably seek to disturb diplomatic relations with Cuba, but could they really sneak into the ultra-controlling Cuban government and launch these attacks?

21 Americans are reporting symptoms from the attacks, which has caused the closure of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba.

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