Cuba vs. USA – America Blinks on Embargo!

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Cuba Embargo

“Cuba’s authoritarian regime assumed power by force in 1959 and has severely restricted fundamental freedoms, repressed political opponents, and violated human rights. The United States imposed an embargo on Cuba in 1960 and broke diplomatic relations in 1961, following the Cuban Government’s expropriation of U.S. properties and its move toward adoption of a one-party communist system.”

— U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

This was U.S. policy toward Cuba from October 19, 1960 through noon today.

In a surprise announcement, President Barack Obama announced that he will reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba ending a 54 year embargo first launched by President Dwight D. Eisenhower that was followed by a break in diplomatic relations one year later.

I his statement, President Obama said:

“It is clear that decades of U.S. isolation of Cuba have failed to accomplish our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba. At times, longstanding U.S. policy towards Cuba has isolated the United States from regional and international partners, constrained our ability to influence outcomes throughout the Western Hemisphere, and impaired the use of the full range of tools available to the United States to promote positive change in Cuba.

Therefore, “we will end an outdated approach (to Cuba) that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries.”

“I’ve instructed Secretary Kerry to immediately begin discussions with Cuba to reestablish diplomatic relations that have been severed since January of 1961. Going forward, the United States will reestablish an embassy in Havana, and high-ranking officials will visit Cuba.”

In return, the United States – and the Cuban people who reside within this island prison – gets exactly nothing.

There is no promise that the Castro government will recognize the freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom to worship as you please. There is no promise that the Castro government will hold free elections… recognize private property… or allow the economic benefits of the president’s unilateral U.S. policy change to accrue to the Cuban people.

This policy announcement is also remarkable for what it doesn’t say.

It doesn’t say that the Castro government must atone for its’ record of political oppression of the Cuban people. It doesn’t say that the Castro government will be held to account for the murder of Cuban dissidents. It doesn’t say that the Castro government must disband the Dirección General De Inteligencia (DGI) or secret police and end the reign of terror that has kept the regime in power for more than 58 years. And it doesn’t say that the Castro government will stop exporting “the revolution” to Central and South America or break ties with the homicidal nuclear regime in North Korea.

President Obama’s surrender to the Castro Brothers instead rewards these despots for their inhuman treatment of the Cuban people – a reward that Congress will have a say on once the new Congress convenes this January.

Speaking for the new Republican Party majority in the Senate, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), said:

“The president’s decision to reward the Castro regime and begin the path toward the normalization of relations with Cuba is inexplicable” adding that he would use his Chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Western Hemisphere subcommittee in the new Congress to block the plan.

  • Laddyboy

    mr. obama is the icon of the DemocRATs. He is trying everything under the sun to destroy America. There is no excuse for this socialistic muslim cultist.

  • tom2

    After waiting 54 years for the “grand collapse” the stars are aligned. Oil is down by half causing Venezuela and Russia, Cuba’s two major benefactors, to go kaput. We could at least have insisted on free elections. But the pencil necked King in mommy jeans unilaterally authorized the trade necessary to prevent financial problems. He’s a great negotiator, huh. Oh, I almost forgot. We got the hostage back.

    • pleazzer

      “We got the hostage back.”
      We gave them 3 of their spy’s back. This muslim in charge is not going to be happy until he has turned the USA into a 3rd world country,

  • KingDon

    Betcha Boehner will pressure Rubio to back off!

  • Abacktoourrootsamerican

    I am a conservative and certainly no supporter of Obama, but after 50+ years of a program that has benefitted no one, it is time to try something new.

    After the Vietnam war, where 1,000’s of American lives were lost, we almost immediately gave Vietnam priority trading status regardless of their communist regime. It is time to abandon this tried and “not true” and stubborn position and sit down and TALK and maybe eventually help to improve the life of the Cuban people through the development of the economy.

  • Ibcamn

    was wondering when obama was going to get/help out his comrades in ideology!!he went to columbia,brazil to help his lady friend out and give her 2 billion in cash,so why not cuba,we have property there!and obama lets his close friends vacation there all the time so what the hell,you know the liberals want to make deals on oceanside hotels and such,to make a playground for the wealthy liberals to play and hide from prying eyes!i can only imagine!and of course cigars will fload the US too!awesome!

  • peter

    The POINT is that Obama is a Constitutional,Federal,State and Civil criminal!

    This was a Constitutional Republic! The Constitution is all about Freedom,Opportunity,Independence,the People! It IS about a “Limited” government and a system where all three branches have the ability,the duty to make sure that Tyranny can Never happen here!

    Obama is Dictating,pathologically lying,committing the crimes as in “High Crimes And Misdemeanors” whose remedy,the duty,the oath taken and sworn by Every elected “servant” of the People is to “Impeach” Anyone,any elected and/or appointed person who betrays that oath!

    The system is “Toast” because for so long the vermin have eviscerated the Constitution and No one sworn to defend and enforce the law has ever held anyone accountable to the highest standard of the law which has exponentially empowered all of them to betray the Only reason they are paid,the Only reason they exist!!

    America has Failed to police itself,to establish that Anyone who violates the oath,the Constitution will be made an example of,held accountable so the NEXT Obama,Clinton,Johnson,Nixon will know what awaits them if they step over the line!

    This is NOT the country that so many millions of “legal” immigrants risked everything to come to! It is Not the country where part of the process was arduous but understood to Earn the gift of Independence where “anything was possible”Iit is no longer “For The People” “By The People”,”Of The People”,the people who worked indefatigably,fought to protect,too often died to defend the American Dream turned Nightmare for most!~

    Freedom cannot exist where there is No Law,No justice,no sense of duty and No one to risk whatever it takes to make it,to keep it so!