Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Obama Racks up the Endorsements...from Cuban Communists?

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Cuba's foreign minister on Wednesday said he welcomed a call by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to ease restrictions on travel and remittances to the communist-ruled island.

In an opinion piece in The Miami Herald newspaper on Tuesday, the Illinois senator and a chief rival of Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination proposed easing tighter limits imposed by the Bush administration on Cuban exiles traveling or sending money home.

"These declarations appear to express the sentiment of the majority of the United States," Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said when asked to comment on Obama's proposal.

Full Story Here.

Believe it or not, I'm not using this post as another attempt to slam Obama (I'm in a hopeful mood today, get it?! Hope! Ha!). I do find the Cuban situation interesting though. From someone who has a very good friend/mentor who fled Cuba at the age of 5 (after having Castro's henchmen put a gun to his head and pistolwhip him), I can't say I'm a huge fan of communist Cuba at all. But then again, I'm not a fan of communists in general.

To be honest, I can't say I really give two shits whether or not drunk Floridian college students are able to take vacations to Havana, patronizing a country that supports a communist regime. The same communist regime that has not only been a pain-in-the-ass to the western-hemisphere, but also cruel to its own citizens. Until Cuba cleans up its political process and realizes that communism is sooooooo 1950s, I don't want a single American dollar supporting their cruelties and injustices.


Curtis said...

That's hardly an endorsement, Kyle. And while you might not have used this post as an opportunity to "slam" Obama, you certainly used it as a way to muddy the waters about his position in regard to Cuba. The title of your post suggests that he has played into the hands of Castro. In reality, that is not what Obama has done at all. Like many other Americans, he believes that the sanctions regime against Cuba has done a poor job of serving its purpose: toppling Castro. Yes, Castro has been a thorn in the side of the United States for years--I totally agree with you--but history shows that refusing to engage with Cuba has done next to nothing to help get rid of that son of a bitch.

Interacting with our foes has served us well in the past. American expositions in the USSR showed Russians what capitalism and democracy are capalbe of providing citizens. Russians marveled at the middle class lifestyle enjoyed by Americans in their free society. How can we ask Cubans to demand a better government without talking or trading with them? After all, if we are not engaging with Cuban citizens, then who else--other than Castro--is left to define what democracy is all about?

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Kyle said...

Oh don't get your Obama underwear in a wad. ;-) I wasn't actually implying that Obama received an endorsement from Cuban officials, but merely parroting a politico headline that was similar to this.

As for your opinions regarding Cuba, I obviously respectfully disagree (obviously).

Curtis said...

With all due respect, Kyle, you didn't answer my questions.

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