Sunday, March 08, 2009

New policy on Cuba pending

This strikes me as long overdue. President Obama looks to thaw relations with Cuba.
The provisions are contained in a $410bn (£290bn) spending bill due to be voted on this week. The legislation would allow Americans with immediate family in Cuba to visit annually, instead of once every three years, and broaden the definition of immediate family. It would also drop a requirement that Havana pay cash in advance for US food imports.
There's also talk of easing academic travel restrictions. Personally, I thought they should drop the whole embargo decades ago. The sleeping menace of Castro has always been overblown, the Cuban missile crisis notwithstanding. It didn't destroy the government and the only ones really suffering are the regular Cubans who can't help where they were born. And clearly US business interests are keen to break into a new market. In a way, Cuba could be the Iraq marketplace Bush promised them with the invasion, except we wouldn't have to -- you know -- bomb or kill anybody to open it up.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The embargo and the isolation policy have cuased more lossed to the US itself than Cuba

6:12:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I think you're right. "If it don't work, keep doing it" has been the policy for as long as i can remember.

I would welcome the opening of trade with Cuba. It would undermine communism as it did in Eastern Europe and of course I want to visit the place.

9:22:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Ihos, I think you're right also.

Fogg, I would love to visit there myself. My friend went a few years ago on a academic visa and loved it. Said it was a beautiful country.

9:42:00 AM  

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