Comments on: In Cuba, low-hanging fruit for Obama Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: george Fri, 27 Mar 2009 19:48:20 +0000 Lugar is old and senile, he obviously is unaware that thousands of political prisoners are languishing in Cuban jails. The best thing he could do is retire and allow a young person with a FRESH MIND to take over his place.

By: boredwell Thu, 05 Mar 2009 00:32:59 +0000 Why does US policy insist on bullying, railroading and punishing other nations that do not specifically adhere to its standards? It’s Old World thinking vis a vis the Monroe Doctrine that we have the “right” to exert influence – including blackmail – to reorder the self-deterministic outcome of, in this case, Cuba, to force it to go with OUR program. The paradox is that we play despotic and dictatorial games with other despots and dictators. Former Cuban dictator, Bautista, got his pants kicked by Castro for good reasons. In another corner of the world, the shah got his just desserts, too. And our knee jerk embargo response to those nations has succeeded in closing all lines of communication, fueling extremism and rampant terror.

By: Michael Wed, 04 Mar 2009 13:41:00 +0000 Edmond Thompson,

What an amazingly arrogant mess of a post that was. Why do you think Mexican terror is at an all time high? Drugs, who buys and uses the drugs? Americans!!!!!!!!

What makes this possible? The fact that the US gov’t is too stupid to legalize andy drugs, especially marijuana. Legalize drugs and just like with the bootlegging gangsters of the past you’ll do away with the druglords from Mexico.

On the main topic yes of course we should talk and trade with Cuba, after our train wrecks in the middle east that include supporting Sadam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, Yasser Arafat our gov’t needs to learn we can no longer respectfully pull the “holier than thou” card.

By: sergey Wed, 04 Mar 2009 13:10:06 +0000 It will be great if embargo is lifted.

It is unexplainable how much respect and support the US loses due to its widely used double political standards.

These double standards should be so obvious to everyone in the world. The roles that America attaches to other international players and to itself are so subjective and so rough, that add nothing but rage in the rest of the world. Like Cuba, a little, poor, but peaceful oligopoly is the enemy; but Saudi Arabia or UAE, the absolute monarchies, with not even a closer freedom to Cuban, are close friends. China is a friend where all time communists let no one else to speak up; and Russia is an enemy which is the oligopoly, however with incomparably bigger freedoms.

Just recall Uzbekistan – one of the poorest nations and one of the most furious dictatorships in the world, killing and torturing its people, feeding even more to the nation’s poverty. However it is a close friend to America, opposite to any more democratic state in the region.
This is so much about American economic and political interest, and so little about freedom and democracy as it is conveyed.

America’s peace and democracy intentions are easily disproved by so many aggressive moves, like the one in stimulating anti-Cuban mood in Latin America. Or similarly stimulating anti-Russian moods down in Eurasia, like aggressively agitating Georgia to attack Ossetia, or Ukraine to push furiously for cheap gas.

It would be better for everyone and for the US, if the US plays its role a little more carefully. The less there will be double political standards the higher there will be the respect and support to the US globally. No doubt that the world needs the US as an icon of economic and political freedom.

If the US is consistent in this role, people of the world will follow the leader, celebrating it, matching it, listening and toppling its oligopolies happily and by themselves.

By: ramona graves Tue, 03 Mar 2009 20:35:28 +0000 I agree embargo against Cuba should be lifted as soon as possible. thanks

By: Kathy Thompson Tue, 03 Mar 2009 14:03:39 +0000 Normalizing relations with Cuba will do much more than most people realize. In criminal prosecutions in Florida, nothing could be done to deport Cuban citizens who had committed serious felonies. Also, the Social Security regulations provide that Cubans who set foot on American soil become eligible to Social Security benefits – without having ever paid into the system! Wake up America! This is a change we definitely need and Obama should have the ‘audacity’ to make. Heaven knows, it should be easy for him after everything else he and his Congress have shoved down our throats!

By: Gabriel Herrera Sun, 01 Mar 2009 11:52:34 +0000 I came to this country at the age of one in 1962. My self seperated for my family for 3 years. The pain still there but it is time for change how can I help.

By: Random Numbers Sun, 01 Mar 2009 08:30:12 +0000 It won’t happen. Two reasons why:

1. It is a JFK policy and thus is Holy Writ to Democrats.

2. It is something Rush Limbaugh has been in favor of for decades. Anything Rush is for Obama has no choice but to oppose to avoid ticking off his owners, Soros and the Kos Kids.

By: Julio Saenz Sun, 01 Mar 2009 00:35:33 +0000 The Cuban embargo is clearly the most wrong-headed, counter-productive foreign policy measure in the past 50 years. Obama should scrap it, without further ado. It is, as the column says, low-hanging fruit.

But I guess he won’t. Obama’s re-election campaign for 2012 has already started and he won’t be willing to expose himself to the conservative criticism — I can just hear what Rush Limbaugh would say — an end to the embargo would bring. So, he’ll act like all the other 10 presidents Fidel survived. And let’s not forget – they were Democrats and Republicans.

By: Oliver Chettle Fri, 27 Feb 2009 04:01:44 +0000 John from Canmore, China is not a communist country, it switched to fascism some time ago. The recipe of fascism: a basically capitalist economy with state control of strategic sectors; authoritarian relations between the individual and the state; and virulent nationalism. That’s just what contemporary China has.

PS. I am not a commie apologist, but a conservative who likes to see things described accurately.