Of course they are leaving the talks..are people really that naive?
Why on Earth would the Communist government want full and open relations with America when the embargo has kept them in power for so long? The same goes for North Korea, btw...even more so.
They will NEVER agree to open relations until their people are literally threatening to boot them out if they don't.
What Obama should have done was just end the embargo and declare relations with Cuba as normal. No negotiations..just state it and watch the Cuban government collapse after a few months.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
Cuba owes us the same treatment that we gave the American Indian. We raped, pillaged,
burned and conquered and then allowed the original governing group, the American Indian
small plots of land for themselves. Cuba kicked the USA out and allowed them a small plot
to lease at Guantanamo. Fair is fair. The Cubans have treated us as well as we treated the
defeated Indians. So why would the Cubans owe the USA anything? The precedent established
by the USA treatment of the American Indian gives absolute legal high ground to the Cubans.
Tit for Tat, don't ya' know?
You start the conversation, you start the negotations, you allow our money and culture to start flowing in. Eventually the people will demand the freedoms and opportunities that increased trade brings.
"I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury." Attributed to Alexander Tytler
And I'll grant you that yes, it's very interesting that Cuba is allowing investments but that doesn't tell me they are moving away from Socialism or doing anything about their horrible human rights issues. It does tell me that they may be very desperate financially. Again... please show me what section of the document stated full ownership by foreigners... I may have missed it.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.