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    Re: Should the US end its embargo against Cuba?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    I know. I'm way too young and so were my parents. My dad was 3 and my mother wasn't even born when this mess started. This seems so much like the embargo was a political stunt that served a partisan purpose at one time. How has it survived all this time? There must be something more than just, "They're communist and we don't won't their communist cooties."

    Any older folks in here remember what this embargo was all about?
    A little thing called the Cuban Missile Crisis... When someone offers to allow your enemy to place their weapons at your front door, you end up with a bit of an attitude towards them.
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    Re: Should the US end its embargo against Cuba?

    Quote Originally Posted by faithful_servant View Post
    A little thing called the Cuban Missile Crisis... When someone offers to allow your enemy to place their weapons at your front door, you end up with a bit of an attitude towards them.
    People with that attitude have already left public office.

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    Re: Should the US end its embargo against Cuba?

    I think that would lead to Cuban instability. What do they do in Cuba apart from hating America anyway? Play baseball?

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    Re: Should the US end its embargo against Cuba?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Earlier this year the fam and I took a cruise to Cozumel from Florida. The cab driver was a native of Cuba and as I tend to do, struck up a conversation to learn a little about his world. He urged me to visit Cuba, offering tips on getting there while avoiding US state department monitoring, assuring me the Cuban government cooperates with American visitors and will not stamp our passports, etc. Odd, because I thought Cuban immigrants were strong advocates for the embargo and this guy was very supportive of wanting me to break it, beaming about how great their tourism industry is and that although a dictatorship "is nothing like North Korea." In case you're wondering, I'm not going to break US law and go there but it was interesting to hear his sales pitch.

    On the cruise, we got really close to Cuba. The captain got on the PA system and encouraged us to enjoy the view the island's northern coast.

    Recently the UN passed its 23rd resolution urging the US to end the embargo.

    Should JFK's embargo on Cuba be ended? Is a dictatorship 90 miles from the US unacceptable and therefore the embargo should be continued? If you think it should be, do you think the labeling of the Predident as "a Marxist" by some in his opposition has created too much of a political liability for the president to end it? Should we base our Cuban policy on the will of Cuban immigrants and their offspring in America as they are most affected? International politics aside, do you think lifting the embargo would adversely affect the US economy? Should we consider tourism dollars in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands being lost to Cuba? Should we consider more manufacturing jobs leaving America and relocating to Cuba and American agriculture suffering due to new citrus, potato, poultry, cattle and other imports especially in the present economy? Would lifting the Cuban embargo encourage and make easier more immigration from a Latin American country and if so is that a problem? Do embargoes hurt the wrong people; the innocent people living under an oppressive government while the power-holders continue live a life of luxury regardless? Anyhow, those are my thoughts. I'm undecided but curious about how others felt.

    For 23rd time, U.N. nations urge end to U.S. embargo on Cuba | Reuters

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    Re: Should the US end its embargo against Cuba?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    I know. I'm way too young and so were my parents. My dad was 3 and my mother wasn't even born when this mess started. This seems so much like the embargo was a political stunt that served a partisan purpose at one time. How has it survived all this time? There must be something more than just, "They're communist and we don't won't their communist cooties."

    Any older folks in here remember what this embargo was all about?
    The United States were big supporters of the government Castro overthrew. That and the Cold War.

    Now it's mostly about currying political favor with Cuban refugee voters in Florida.


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    Re: Should the US end its embargo against Cuba?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    People with that attitude have already left public office.
    Incorrect. Many of the same people in Cuba who helped make that decision are still in place.
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    Re: Should the US end its embargo against Cuba?

    Quote Originally Posted by faithful_servant View Post
    Incorrect. Many of the same people in Cuba who helped make that decision are still in place.
    2014 - 1959 = 55 years. Be serious. Strom Thurmond died in 2003.

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    Re: Should the US end its embargo against Cuba?

    Honestly...the embargo in Cuba only exists due a vocal minority of folks that are willing to do anything to ensure it stays in place. Not to mention...they are a large voting bloc in one of the largest swing states...
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    Re: Should the US end its embargo against Cuba?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luftwaffe View Post
    Castro is essentially dead.

    Now that the inferior subhuman is gone we can and should begin reintroducing Cuba to the rest of the world (rest of the world = USA).
    However his bastard brothers are still running Cuba pretty much the same as he would.

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    Re: Should the US end its embargo against Cuba?

    We will inspire the changes we want to see in Cuba by opening up travel, trade and communication with the Cuban people. China still has many Human rights issues, but the people are better off since the west stopped isolating them. Isolating Cuba has been proven to be ineffective and creates unnecessary misery.

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