American Exceptionalism Redux
Ed highlights an absolutely asinine regulation (instituted by the Bush administration in 2004) that prohibits
persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States from purchasing, transporting, importing, or otherwise dealing in or engaging in any transactions with respect to any merchandise outside the United States if such merchandise (1) is of Cuban origin; or (2) is or has been located in or transported from or through Cuba; or (3) is made or derived in whole or in part of any article which is the growth, produce or manufacture of Cuba.
In other word, you as a person "subject to the jurisdiction of the United States" (citizen or resident, I guess) cannot smoke a Cuban cigar anywhere on this planet even though the US does not have any legal authority over what you do outside the US. Are these people out of their farking mind? These are no doubt the same people who try and help American citizens avoid punishment when they break the laws of other countries.
This reminds me of something that happened in 2001. That summer, I and some colleagues were taking 45 students to London, Edinburgh & Dublin in a semester abroad. ASU’s Summer Study people told us that we had to enforce US law regarding consumption of alcohol (i.e. to prevent our students who were under 21 from consuming) while in countries that allowed drinking legally at the age of 18. We just nodded along to the administrator … and ignored the sheer stupidity of the attempt to enforce US law in a foreign country.