Bottom line is I don't see the benefit if continuing a 50-year failed policy. If this doesn't work and Cuba doesn't consider this the start of a gradual evolution to a more open country, then we've lost nothing, but Raul has been allowing small changes to the economy and it's fair to expect that more normalized relations will help push things along in the direction favorable to us and the Cuban people.
So he's decided to give in to these murderous dictatorships. Big win for them, big lose for their people. The idiot is propping up dictatorships, and he doesn't even know it. Does anyone know what his strategy is? Can you explain it? Is he trying to kill them with kindness?
Does he, or do you, think they will eventually say,"Awe shucks, you guys are just so nice. We are going to promote freedom from now on!"
"We have met the enemy and they are ours..." -- Oliver Hazard Perry
"I don't want a piece of you... I want the whole thing!" -- Bob Barker
Bottomline......the ones that lose, are those in Cuba who have been fighting for Democracy only to watch BO peep enable Castro's Tyranny.
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.
The more I thought about what he said, the more I agreed with him. I know I was up in arms about that then and I am not even Cuban.
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
Now a brief history lesson on Cuba. The first partial embargo on Cuba was implemented under Eisenhower when the Castro regime took power. Since Eisenhower, they progressively became more strict starting with Kennedy and Johnson for good reason. The Castro regime was in bed with the Soviet Union. Funny yesterday, Obama in his speech mentioned the Bay of Pigs but failed to mention that Cuba had Soviet missles pointed directly at us. Cuba under Communist rule was able to sustain itself but when their bed partner, the Soviet Union, fell things really started to crumble within Cuba. But then along came Hugo Chavez. With the Soviet Union after the collapse started treating Cuba like nothing more than a satellite country, Hugo came to save the day to the last bastion of totalitarianism in the Western Hemisphere long past its sell-by date. For Fidel, who had had his eyes on Venezuela's oil riches since the 1960s, Chávez's election was an unbelievable stroke of luck. Much has been written about the way Venezuela stepped in to fill the fiscal void the collapse of the Soviet Union left in Cuba, but the reality is much stranger than that. Venezuela effectively wrote a fat petro check month after month to Cuba. Cuban flags eventually flew above Venezuelan military bases and Venezuelans witnessed their democratically elected president telling them that Venezuela and Cuba share "a single government" and that Venezuela "has two presidents."
Now Chevaz is dead, oil has been dropping in price per barrel for a number of reasons which is Venezuela's number #1 source of revenue causing it's economy to hit the skids and Cuba too. Just where we want the Castro regime. And what does Obama do? Sends Castro a life line. Marvelous.
Now Obama claims, now, that all this will benefit the people of Cuba. How? Because other Latin governments opposed our Cuba policy but will now join us in pressing Cuba for human-rights improvements. Even members in his own party know that is a bunch of crap served on a silver platter. Does anyone believe Rousseff in Brazil or Bachelet in Chile (much less the Bolivian or Venezuelan or Ecuadorian leftist strongmen) will now suddenly turn tough on the Castro brothers? The White House also says economic progress in Cuba will lead to political progress. Really? Has it in other Communist countries such as China or Vietnam?
So the question you should be asking yourself is why did the president act, if there will be no change in Cuban foreign or domestic policies? There is no good reason other than ideology.
The only way to deal with a rogue president is either sue him in court over every individual occurrence or impeach him. They have already taken him to court over his abuse of powers in Obamacare which is still pending. Over two dozen states are suing Obama over his E.O. amnesty. And Republicans have just recently gained back control of the Senate in the past election and the new members will not be sworn in until January. They have not been in a position to impeach him. The House of Representatives decides whether there are grounds to impeach a president, and the Senate conducts the impeachment trial. Hope it doesn't come to that, but if Obama continues to use his E.O. as a candy store for anything that suits his ideology, it will leave Congress no choice.and none of the above answers the question of just why the Congress sits idly by and allows the president to rule by executive order. If Obama is really shredding the Constitution and instituting one man rule, as is being claimed, why don't our elected representatives do something about it?