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    Re: U.S., Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    No I missed it. they were able to interview real Cubans, unscripted, living in Cuba, and they were allowed to be critical of the government? That would have been interesting. Here's one Latin American view. Cuba won’t abandon communism, Raśl Castro says
    Yep. Real, honest to goodness Cubans. Of course, a lot of what they said had to be anonymous, given the political climate of the country, but it seems that they've been told by the government that their economic problems are due to the US, but they don't believe it. They think socialism is a failure. They also think that diplomatic relationship with the US will be a good thing for the people of Cuba, and may lead to some positive changes.

    The winds of change are starting to blow in Cuba. The Castro brothers won't be around much longer. A lot of Cubans have relatives in the U.S., and know how they live vs. how people live in Cuba.

    And, one thing that was not covered by the embargo was cell phones. It seems our government actually gave away cell phones to Cubans. Must have been Obamaphones. Now, they can talk to family members in Florida.

    The next thing will be the internet. Once they're connected, it will be difficult to keep them isolated from the rest of the world.
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    Re: U.S., Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    No, it's just blindingly stupid to enable a competitor when you're getting absolutely nothing out of it. Again, what's the compelling reason for ending the embargo? What do they have that we need? What has changed in their government? The answer to all that is nothing.\

    This is Obama trying to look like a leader in foreign affairs. Too bad he's never actually been any good at it.
    Exactly, a 50+ year old embargo did not change a thing about Cuba. Perhaps a new direction is needed here as Cold War thinking failed to achieve a single goal in isolating Cuba. It did not work and they trade with many nations around the globe including many of our own allies.

    There is no logical reason to continue the embargo... absolutely none.

    Why not try a little trade and diplomacy as we do with plenty of other nations around the globe that also have governments and ideologies we do not agree with? The flip side of that question is are you willing to isolate the US from all those nations we currently trade with that operate in a manner you do not agree with? If so, who is the really the isolationist here and what point will it have?
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    Re: U.S., Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    They've got almost no nickel compared with the Canadian deposits. We already have NAFTA with Canada. Still have no need for Cuba.
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    Re: U.S., Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years

    Obama wants to end the embargo, but it has not, as some seem to think, actually been lifted. That will take an act of Congress. Does Congress have the will to act on a controversial issue? I don't know the answer to that one. We'll see.


    What is the U.S. embargo against Cuba and what needs to happen for it to be lifted
    "I look forward to engaging Congress in an honest and serious debate about lifting the embargo," President Obama said in a press conference.

    Since President Obama's comments Wednesday it's been hard not to talk about the U.S. embargo on Cuba and Obama's proposed shift in relations with the country.

    "I think all of us hope Congress will lift the embargo," Rep. Chris Van Hollen said.
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    Re: U.S., Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Yep. Real, honest to goodness Cubans. Of course, a lot of what they said had to be anonymous, given the political climate of the country, but it seems that they've been told by the government that their economic problems are due to the US, but they don't believe it. They think socialism is a failure. They also think that diplomatic relationship with the US will be a good thing for the people of Cuba, and may lead to some positive changes.

    The winds of change are starting to blow in Cuba. The Castro brothers won't be around much longer. A lot of Cubans have relatives in the U.S., and know how they live vs. how people live in Cuba.

    And, one thing that was not covered by the embargo was cell phones. It seems our government actually gave away cell phones to Cubans. Must have been Obamaphones. Now, they can talk to family members in Florida.

    The next thing will be the internet. Once they're connected, it will be difficult to keep them isolated from the rest of the world.

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    Re: U.S., Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Obama wants to end the embargo, but it has not, as some seem to think, actually been lifted. That will take an act of Congress. Does Congress have the will to act on a controversial issue? I don't know the answer to that one. We'll see.




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    Heya DH. What did Rubio say he will do with any Ambassador that BO picks? Now what did Lindsey Graham say since he controls the funds that BO and his Team will need?


    You are aware that US still trades with Cuba......correct?

    Do you have any idea on how many Political Prisoners they have locked up, since 2008 and BO's rise to Fame and Fortune?

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    Re: U.S., Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Heya DH. What did Rubio say he will do with any Ambassador that BO picks? Now what did Lindsey Graham say since he controls the funds that BO and his Team will need?


    You are aware that US still trades with Cuba......correct?

    Do you have any idea on how many Political Prisoners they have locked up, since 2008 and BO's rise to Fame and Fortune?
    Rubio is against ending the embargo.
    I'm sure we can count on Graham to oppose any ends to the embargo.
    Any trade we have with them is pretty tightly controlled, isn't it? What, exactly do we buy/sell to Cuba?
    We have prisoners in Cuba as well. How that is justified, I have no idea. I understand it's pretty expensive for the US.
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    Re: U.S., Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    Exactly, a 50+ year old embargo did not change a thing about Cuba. Perhaps a new direction is needed here as Cold War thinking failed to achieve a single goal in isolating Cuba. It did not work and they trade with many nations around the globe including many of our own allies.

    There is no logical reason to continue the embargo... absolutely none.

    Why not try a little trade and diplomacy as we do with plenty of other nations around the globe that also have governments and ideologies we do not agree with? The flip side of that question is are you willing to isolate the US from all those nations we currently trade with that operate in a manner you do not agree with? If so, who is the really the isolationist here and what point will it have?
    What "new direction" are you tlking about? Anything with specifics?

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    Re: U.S., Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Rubio is against ending the embargo.
    I'm sure we can count on Graham to oppose any ends to the embargo.
    Any trade we have with them is pretty tightly controlled, isn't it? What, exactly do we buy/sell to Cuba?
    We have prisoners in Cuba as well. How that is justified, I have no idea. I understand it's pretty expensive for the US.


    70 American Political Prisoners is what I heard. That isn't counting any US fugitives. The PDF on the trade with Cuba and the US says 700 million. Mostly agricultural.

    Graham has already said he would do whatever to stop funding until Congress decides.

    The Embargo worked until a point. It still had to many holes in it.


    Btw.....I think the number for political opponents locked up and or missing, of Castros numbers 8400 and some change.

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    Re: U.S., Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Yep. Real, honest to goodness Cubans. Of course, a lot of what they said had to be anonymous, given the political climate of the country, but it seems that they've been told by the government that their economic problems are due to the US, but they don't believe it. They think socialism is a failure. They also think that diplomatic relationship with the US will be a good thing for the people of Cuba, and may lead to some positive changes.

    The winds of change are starting to blow in Cuba. The Castro brothers won't be around much longer. A lot of Cubans have relatives in the U.S., and know how they live vs. how people live in Cuba.

    And, one thing that was not covered by the embargo was cell phones. It seems our government actually gave away cell phones to Cubans. Must have been Obamaphones. Now, they can talk to family members in Florida.

    The next thing will be the internet. Once they're connected, it will be difficult to keep them isolated from the rest of the world.
    Yes,everything depends on the death of the Castros and then the difficulties of who the land belongs to that was seized by the Castros. The pre revolutionary owners and their descendents? Auctions? Castros friends and family? It will a mess for decades to come, even after those bastardos croak.

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