President Barack Obama is poised to offer an olive branch to Cuba in an effort to repair the US’s tattered reputation in Latin America.
The White House has moved to ease some travel and trade restrictions as a cautious first step towards better ties with Havana, raising hopes of an eventual lifting of the four-decade-old economic embargo. Several Bush-era controls are expected to be relaxed in the run-up to next month’s Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago to gild the president’s regional debut and signal a new era of “Yankee” cooperation.
The administration has moved to ease draconian travel controls and lift limits on cash remittances that Cuban-Americans can send to the island, a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of families.
Easy people….take it easy.Relax.
I’m sorry but I think this is a good idea.We should have done it long ago.
Why again do we have an embargo against Cuba,a country closer to Washington D.C. than Las Vegas or San Francisco?
It’s a left over policy from the cold war between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.It’s a policy left over from the Kennedy administration for crissakes.
What exactly are the benefits of isolating Cuba anymore?
Are we trying to teach them a lesson or cause the overthrow of their government?It’s been almost fifty years and that has not happened.
I think it’s time to throw in the towel on that policy.No one can say we didn’t give it a chance to succeed.
I have a new rule for government policy.
If it doesn’t work after fifty years then let’s try something else.
Sort of like the war on poverty.
It’s time for a change.
They are our neighbor.
Yes people…I understand that Cuba is a communist country ruled by Fidel Castro.
China is a communist country as well isn’t it…?
China is our number one trading partner.Just try to pick up something in Wal-Mart or the Christmas Tree store that doesn’t have “made in China” stamped upon it.
They have a billion people living under communism and are poised to become one of the biggest and strongest military adversaries of the U.S. as I have pointed out before.
They killed thousand of protesters in the the streets in front of the world at Tiananman Square and have been massively criticized for their treatment of the people of Burma and nobody executes more people than China or is more restrictive of the media or political dissent except maybe North Korea.
We gave them missile technology for pete sakes so spare me the “they’re communists” crap.
As a matter of trade and foreign relations and also military policy the U.S. does business with communists.
If we can do business with them then why can’t we do business with some little third world banana republic like Cuba?
We are ready to sell military gear to Libya but we can’t travel to Cuba…oh come on.
What’s the big deal?Am I supposed to be still mad at Cuba because Fidel Castro got the better of John Kennedy at the Bay of Pigs or that they aligned themselves with the U.S.S.R. and 45 years ago had some Russian missiles on their soil?
To be honest the thing about Cuba that pisses me off the most was the way that they emptied out their prisons and sent them all over to the U.S. during the Mariel boat lift but it was Jimmy Carter who let them in so I guess that I should be more mad at Carter than Castro.
That was a nice little crime wave in Miami that we we got for our troubles.
Since we already gave a whole American city to Cuba then why then can’t we just give them a little diplomacy?Let’s take over their beach resorts.That’ll show em’
So can someone tell me why not?
Why are we supposed to be still mad at Cuba and what the benefits are?
Aren’t we just holding a grudge that is over forty years old?
What’s the beef?
Here is how I see it.
Fidel Castro is a ghost.His brother Raoul isn’t far behind.They will both either be dead or out of power soon enough.The Castro regime is almost dead.
It’s time people to put the old and worn policies of the past behind us and bring Cuba into our hemisphere and our influence.
We should have made Cuba an ally long ago.What good does it do us to let Cuba to continue to be influenced mostly in part by Russia and Venezuela?
Let’s flood that damn country with American greenbacks,oil covered bargain hunting tourists,cellphones,porn and good old American decadence.
THAT’S HOW to change Cuba into a nation of greedy capitalistic pigs rather than it being the workers paradise that it is.
The flood of curious American who would no doubt travel there in droves would be an unstoppable influence upon Cuba and would be the catalyst for real change over there.
Just think about the influence that hundreds of thousands of Cuban American returning home to their homeland would have on that country.
It would be a political tsunami.
It’s just a good idea.
Since we can’t really travel to Mexico anymore as they are on the verge of civil war with the drug cartels just think about how nice and easy it would to hop on a plane and pop over to Cuba for a few days.
It might be nice.
What’s the downside?
It could be good.
They got those good cigars and all that sweet rum.You could fly there cheaper than flying to Bermuda.
Personally I would like to go.Their beaches are beautiful.
Let bygones be bygones people.We are still enforcing a policy that was crafted mostly by people who are now dead.Lets bring Cuba into our sphere of influence.They are ready for some change there and all they need is just a little push.
Can you say timber…?
Don’t forget…inside every Cuban is an American just waiting to get out.
Let them be Americans in their own country.