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    Re: Obama Extends Cuba Embargo One Year

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    There is a chance for Obama to do a good thing he might be remembered for in a good way by ending the now meaningless embargo but he;s not smart enough to see that he could be a hero to all Cubans everywhere.

    I would love to ne in a position to reunite all the Cubans who fled Fidel with those who have suffered, all these years.

    Cuba is no threat to us any more.
    Yep, this whole thing with Cuba is a big waste of time (and money). Its political pettiness, at this point.

    I was recently flipping through the Air Canada vacation guide on a Chicago-Calgary flight and noted all the resorts in Cuba. Its a beautiful place. Our Canadian friends list it as one of their favorite destinations. They are not supporting us in the one country hissy-fit we continue to carry on with Havana. Time to end this silliness. Besides, Nothing will bring down the government of Havana faster than a couple of Trump casinos and Westin resorts on the Cuban shores.

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    Re: Obama Extends Cuba Embargo One Year

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandokan View Post
    According to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Cuban regime's refusal to entertain the Obama administration's overtures to improve relations reveals that the Castro dictatorship is "an intransigent, entrenched regime," with no interest in political reform.

    "It is my personal belief," Secretary Clinton said, "that the Castros do not want to see an end to the embargo and do not want to see normalization with the United States, because they would lose all of their excuses for what hasn't happened in Cuba in the last 50 years." Amen to that.
    Maybe the Castro regime being against ending the embargo is reason enough to end it.

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    Re: Obama Extends Cuba Embargo One Year

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Maybe the Castro regime being against ending the embargo is reason enough to end it.
    That makes sense. If Castro is using us as an excuse for his poor economy, let's start normal relations, and take his excuse away.

    The Castro brothers are about ready for the rest home anyway. How much longer will there be a Castro Cuba I wonder? What comes next? It's not like Cuba ever had a tradition of liberty and democracy.
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    Re: Obama Extends Cuba Embargo One Year

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Maybe the Castro regime being against ending the embargo is reason enough to end it.
    Castro is not against ending the embargo.
    BERNAMA - Cuba Confident Of UN Members' Support Against US-imposed Embargo
    Nations condemn Cuba blockade
    http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=1&...ber/Thursday20

    This will be the twentieth year the General Assembly has considered a resolution condemning the U.S. embargo. In every previous year, the resolution has been adopted in a rout.

    In 2010, a resolution that called upon the U.S. to repeal the embargo was approved by 187-2. Only Israel voted with us. Our nation was condemned by our adversaries and abandoned by our other allies with the exception of three Pacific island nations -- Palau, Marshall Islands, and Micronesia --and they abstained. The policy was totally repudiated.

    Next week it will happen again. But even if we suffer a defeat of similar magnitude, the vote is likely to attract scant attention.

    The press has grown bored with a story it has covered nineteen times before. Embargo defenders will dismiss the outcome because they simply scorn the U.N. as aligned against America. The Obama administration -- which should hang its head in shame for enforcing a policy it inherited with such vigor -- will simply move along as if nothing much has happened.
    Sarah Stephens: The U.N., the U.S. Embargo, and the 20-Year Rout
    Last edited by Antiderivative; 10-24-11 at 02:25 PM.

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    Re: Obama Extends Cuba Embargo One Year

    You are wrong Fidel Castro is in favor of the embargo. I give you Fidel Castro’s reasons to “keep it around”:

    “It is necessary to impose financial, economic and material restrictions to dictatorships, so that they will not take roots for long years….Diplomatic and morals measures do not work against dictatorships, because these make fun of the Governments and the population.” - Excerpt from the book “Fidel Castro and Human Rights”, Editora Política, Havana, Cuba, 1988.
    Here you have it from the “Horse” mouth.

    Let find out what is the meaning of “blockade”:

    According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary this is the definition: “Blockade: the isolation by a warring nation of an enemy area (as a harbor) by troops or warships to prevent passage of persons or supplies.”

    Examples:

    The United States placed a naval blockade around Cuba, ordered by President Kennedy, during the Cuba missile crisis in 1962, to prevent Soviets medium-range missiles, capable of carrying nuclear warheads, to reach Cuba .

    North Vietnamese ports were mined and blockaded by the United States in 1972 during the Vietnam War, to prevent Soviets from delivering supplies to Vietnam.

    A blockade historically took place at sea, with the blockading power seeking to cut off all maritime transport from and to the blockaded country.

    "Embargo: A legal prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation (trade embargo)."

    Blockades should not be confused with embargos, which are legal barriers to trade

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    Re: Obama Extends Cuba Embargo One Year

    Obama 'Open to a New Relationship With Cuba’
    Obama ‘Open to a New Relationship With Cuba’ - ABC News

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    Sep 28, 2011 4:40pm

    President Obama said today that his administration is “open to a new relationship with Cuba if the Cuban government starts taking the proper steps to open up its own country.”

    “As long as I’m president, I will always be prepared to change our Cuba policy if and when we start seeing a serious intention on the part of the Cuban government to provide liberty for its people,” the president said in a roundtable discussion on Hispanic issues.

    Obama cited the steps his administration has taken to “send a signal that we’re prepared to show flexibility and not be stuck in a Cold War mentality dating back to when I was born,” including changes to remittance laws and laws that relate to educational travel.

    “What we haven’t seen is the kind of genuine spirit of transformation inside of Cuba that would justify us eliminating the embargo,” he said.
    When the Castros’ regime returns all the US property they confiscated, would be the time to talk about lifting the embargo. In the meantime the US administration should state put.

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    Re: Obama Extends Cuba Embargo One Year

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandokan View Post
    When the Castros’ regime returns all the US property they confiscated, would be the time to talk about lifting the embargo. In the meantime the US administration should state put.
    Maybe they could pay us back in classic cars.
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    Re: Obama Extends Cuba Embargo One Year

    The necessary steps required to be taken by the Castros’ military dictatorship to lift the embargo shall be:

    a) Opposition parties should have the freedom to organize, assemble, and speak, with equal access to all airwaves. All political prisoners must be released and allowed to participate.

    b) Human rights organizations should be free to visit Cuba to ensure that the conditions for free elections are being created.

    Without major steps by the regime to open up its political system and its economic system, trade with the regime will not help the Cuban people.

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    Re: Obama Extends Cuba Embargo One Year

    What will bring "Change" to Cuba are free elections, the freeing of all political prisoners, and the implementation of a market economy.

    The true change will come the day that Cuba is truly a free democratic society. A society where it's citizens have a representative government, made up of multiple parties and are ruled by a constitution that follow the inalienable rights of all human beings. The ability, for all the citizens of Cuba, to be able to live free and seek their dreams with dignity and respect, and feel accomplished in their lives. It is only then that there will be a change in Cuba, anything else is “mental masturbation.”

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    Re: Obama Extends Cuba Embargo One Year

    We should lift the embargo. The only thing that will take down the Castro regime is free market capitalism. Witness China and Vietnam. Even if it doesn't take down Castro it would be beneficial for the Cuban people.

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