I'd trade Obama for a couple of Cuban cigars. Seems fair enough.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
IMO, Cuba will have to extend its hand first to have any diplomatic discussions and possible trade agreements.
Remember back in 1980 when Castro had so many prisoners both political and criminal that he emptied his prisons and threw them all in banana boats and gave them directions to Miami?
Oh and lets not forget how he allowed the USSR to stockpile nuclear weapons in Cuba (the Cuban Missile Crisis)
Then of course he aided and funded communist gorillas in South America...
So it's not exactly like Cuba is some sort of "victim."
Prior to Casto's coup in 1959 Cuba as a wonderful vacation spot for US citizens or citizens all over the world - then Castro turned Cuba into an authoritarian communist third world **** hole....
The Castro bro's would double cross the United States in a nanosecond to boot.
What the US should have done was to invade Cuba, get rid of Castro and return Cuba to the exotic and wonderful destination it was pre 1959.
IMO, if that whole Castro/Guevara "revolution" bull**** never went down - I think today Cuba would be a republic of the US if not a state.
All breaking news countries with recent and egregious violations of human rights. How come we don't embargo and isolate them? The only difference is that isolation is not the status quo for these countries; that's only an incredibly limited tradition with Cuba. Quite frankly, in all other circumstances, we in the Western world seek diplomatic solutions within the country. We seek to improve the nation and empower its people through humanitarian aide and foreign investment. I simply am not sold on "isolationism" being the solution for Cuba, when we pursue complete different paths with almost all other countries.
Cuba is an autocratic echo chamber. It restricts free movement, and its censorship of ideas and "dangerous" material puts China to shame. The EU is doing us liberals in the West a big one, and conditioning their negotiations on human right reforms. With trade and travel restrictions gone, it'd be an absolute boon to the Cuban dissident movement to better share information and ideas among themselves and with the larger world. I believe it is a disappointment that the US cannot bring itself to do the same.
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What's done is done, and there's nothing we can do to time travel and "fix it". All of it sorely needs to be relegated to the past's memory, in order to allow us to deal with today's current issues.