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    Re: Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Castro in 'gesture of hope'

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Who was Mr. Castro trying to push around?
    He is a dictator and as such needs to appear powerful and relevant on the world stage. Obama played right into that for him. It's a great photo op and will be front page for days in castros news papers.

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    Re: Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Castro in 'gesture of hope'

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    I disagree. We don't need to lend a hand to Cuba. If they want to be included on our trade, let them come asking for it and we'll bargain just as we do with every other nation.
    As has been pointed out by others too, I said Cubans. The Cuban people don't deserve endless suffering over decades old real or perceived trouble with Cuban leadership. We have far better relations with much worse dictators around the world, some of our own creation.

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    Re: Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Castro in 'gesture of hope'

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Cmon Now DH.....what do you mean. There were 90 World leaders there all in one Spot. I explained this out earlier to WCH. Kinda went something like this.


    Well WCH......now how did we manage to miss this Opportunity. Here we have 90 World leaders with most of them representing and standing for Democracy all in one place. I expected that #1 would fail in his required duties......I will expect you to find him. You Know, what to do.

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    Re: Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Castro in 'gesture of hope'

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    It really would be a good idea to open the door to Cuba. They do not seem to be a real threat anymore. And a lot of Americans would love to visit the place, see their folks and all that.
    I completely agree. And, it would be the best way to influence their leadership and people.

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    Re: Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Castro in 'gesture of hope'

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    He is a dictator and as such needs to appear powerful and relevant on the world stage. Obama played right into that for him. It's a great photo op and will be front page for days in castros news papers.
    US presidents have held hands with and hugged dictators before. Overthrown democratically elected governments and replaced them with dictators, and Cuba isn't even a threat to us. What's the big deal here?

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    Re: Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Castro in 'gesture of hope'

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    There is a very solid reason why we haven't normalized relations with Cuba all these years. No, it has nothing to do with Communism or Cuba being any sort of a threat to the US. It has to do with the numbers of Cuban Americans living in Florida who have achieved citizenship and therefore vote in our elections. They despise Castro with a white hot rage, and would vote against any candidate who even suggested that normalizing relations with Castro would be even a remote possibility. That candidate would lose Florida, which tends to be a swing state.

    Therefore, we don't normalize relations with Cuba.
    Obama doesn't have to worry about that anymore


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    Re: Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Castro in 'gesture of hope'

    Cuba is a natural trading partner with the US. Havana buildings are in such disrepair;they are literally falling down.
    There is money to be made. Cuba is slant drilling oil under a Chinese contract across the Straight of Florida.

    Just a few things here, and it serves NO pupose not to trade,and normalize relations. None.

    The Cuban Embargo is a relic of the cold war, end it.
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    Re: Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Castro in 'gesture of hope'

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    US presidents have held hands with and hugged dictators before. Overthrown democratically elected governments and replaced them with dictators, and Cuba isn't even a threat to us. What's the big deal here?
    That is absolutely correct.

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    Re: Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Castro in 'gesture of hope'

    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    Cuba is a natural trading partner with the US. Havana buildings are in such disrepair;they are literally falling down.
    There is money to be made. Cuba is slant drilling oil under a Chinese contract across the Straight of Florida.

    Just a few things here, and it serves NO pupose not to trade,and normalize relations. None.

    The Cuban Embargo is a relic of the cold war, end it.
    Id prefer the Cubans end its totalitarian communist regime. People shouldnt have to live like that.

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    Re: Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Castro in 'gesture of hope'

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    You could say the same of most ME and African countries. But we manage to get along with them. So, why not Cuba?

    My opinion has nothing to do with politics or political parties or Obama etc. I just don't see what the point is in being alienated.
    Not precisely the same. The ME and African countries we trade with have something we need for trade, Cuba, not so much. We'd just be taking on more foreign welfare.

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