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Obama’s Cuba policy is the only one that makes sense

May 25th, 2008 · 9 Comments

This week, while campaigning in Miami, Barack Obama reiterated that he would engage in diplomatic talks with Cuba. What a concept. In the 46 years that the trade emargo has been in place, Fidel Castro has managed to create a decent healthcare and education system that rivals some of our southern states here in the U.S. in terms of care available and literacy attainment. While there are still issues with political prisoners in Cuba, I don’t think that it could be any worse than what is going on in China, one of our main trading partners. Most people are well aware of China’s use of prison labor and civil rights issues in Tibet.

Hillary Clinton supports the embargo and the status quo policy with Cuba, while John McCain is not in favor with diplomatic engagement with Raul Castro, the current president. The Clinton and McCain position is more similar, while Obama wants to keep the embargo, but favors lifting it if political prisoners are released. Obama also wants to ease travel restrictions for Cuban-Americans, allowing them to return to the island to visit family members. I think that Obama’s position of wanting to negotiate with the Cuban government is a more reasonable approach instead of taking a stand off-ish position of not even trying to ask for some of the things we would like to see. Let’s let both countries come to the table. In recent years, Cuba has offered to assist to Hurricane Katrina victims and most recently has helped out with earthquake victims in China. Cuba has had more normal relations with the rest of Latin America, why should we continue an old tired policy that isn’t even helpful to our Cuban-American brothers and sisters here in the US?

Tags: Barack Obama · Cuba · Fidel Castro · Hillary Clinton · John McCain · Presidential Elections

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sam // May 25, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    refreshing to hear an intelligent point of view on the matter.

  • 2 Bearguez // May 25, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    People forget what Cuba was before Castro. Oh sure…everyone in Miami hates Fidel and says he’s the Devil incarnate. But they always fail to mention that Cuba has a first-rate healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, higher education is free, and 100% of their population is literate. For a country with extremely limited resources, that’s an amazing economic achievement. There isn’t a Latin American country that can claim that. Matter of fact, we can’t even claim that in the United States. And you wonder why every U.S. President since JFK to Bush 2 has blocked trade and communication with Cuba?

  • 3 Laz // May 26, 2008 at 7:47 am

    To Bearguez, move to Cuba man

  • 4 raul castro // May 26, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Bearguez, either u are naive or worship M. Moores BS…cuban health care is a myth…just like the statistics of the cuban health care industry – all doctored.

    but i agree Barrack Obama’s approach will bring about RESULTS.

  • 5 raul castro // May 26, 2008 at 9:58 am

    and Bearguez the cuban poulation was 100% LITERATE even BEFORE castro came to power.

  • 6 Angelo // May 27, 2008 at 8:34 am

    I will answer your comment why Hillary praised McCain when you can answer why Obama was praising Reagan: a president who was deftly anti-minority and didn’t address the AIDS crisis in America until 25,000 Americans died of it.

    I will be waiting.

  • 7 webmaster // May 27, 2008 at 11:04 am

    I criticized Obama for praising Reagan. You can see for yourself here:

    http://latinopoliticsblog.com/?p=90

    I don’t like Reagan, and I agree w/ you Angelo in that he (Reagan) did nothing for the AIDS crisis when he had a chance to slow it down big time.

    I think that Obama was trying to get to the point that Reagan changed the landscape of politics, and to a certain degree, I agree. Every Republican who seeks higher office invokes Reagan’s name. Even Bill Clinton tried to do a “Reagan” with welfare reform.

    Personally, I think that Obama made a mistake in mentioning Reagan. As I have told you, none of the candidates are perfect.

  • 8 Bearguez // May 28, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Ronald Reagan is the new sacred cow being worshipped by the mainstream media. It just goes to show you if you repeat lies over and over again they suddenly become historical fact. The mainstream media is now embracing the lies of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Bill O’Reilly because it is what White America and the Religious Right want to hear after 8 years of George W. Bush. The cult of denial weighs very heavily on the crimes of this U.S. President and his GOP predecessors.

  • 9 Michaelr // May 28, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Ronald Reagan removed all the checks and balances instituted by FDR and gave Corporate America free reign to rape, pillage and burn. His Trickle Down economics laid waste to all the gains made by the Middle Class after World War 2, and laid the foundation for consumer enslavement. He opened the door for Corporate American manufacturing to run to Latin America, and then to the Pacific Rim, and he gave them tax breaks to do it, while he doubled your payroll taxes and wiped out your buying power. He refused to fund AIDs research, and then he allowed the Contras with the help of Oliver North and the NSA to sell crack cocaine in the United States to finance their civil war, while at the same time declaring he was fighting a war on drugs. Why are we honoring this man? Have we run out of human beings?

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