Posted by Brian at 12:39 PM
Add it to the list
The list of stupid decisions made by our government recently, that is.
HAVANA - A Cuban scientist who helped develop a low-cost synthetic vaccine that prevents meningitis and pneumonia in small children says he was offended the U.S. government denied his request to travel to the United States to receive an award.
Vicente Verez-Bencomo was to accept the award recognizing his team's technological achievement during a Wednesday ceremony at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Calif. He had also been invited to address a gathering of the Society for Glycobiology in Boston on Friday.
Verez-Bencomo said the State Department denied him a visa because the visit would be "detrimental to the interests of the United States."
The State Department declined to explain exactly how his visit would be detrimental to the interests of the US, but it wouldn't surprise me if it boiled down to "if we let him in and he gets this award, some people might realize that Cuba's not quite the backwards hellhole we've made it out to be for the last 40 years."
I'm no defender of Castro's government, but our policy toward Cuba is ridiculous to say the least, and this is just another example of that.