06 February 2007

National Down With the Embargo Day

Did I miss the memo?

Is today "Down with Cuban Sanctions Day"?

Palm Beach Post...this one refers to Cuban Exiles as culprits of the Cold War between the Cuba and the US.

In this one a Bay of Pigs veterans criticizes the sanctions:

Roqué thinks the economic sanctions against Cuba are an ineffective policy that should be abandoned. Castro may be dying, but the Cuba he put in place will
not magically revert to a form of democracy most U.S. citizens could identify.

This one here is an ode to the bi-partisanship of Flake and Delahunt in trying to legislate the sanctions away.

In this one, Vicki Huddleston, ex chief of the US Interest Section in Havana pleads to an end to Helms Burton.

... if Congress abrogates or revises Helms-Burton, the president will have the opportunity to respond should Raul Castro begin to carry out reforms. For
example, should Raul Castro allow Cubans to open their own businesses, in order to meet the pent up expectations of Cuba's youth for jobs and better pay, Mr. Bush could remove restrictions that block the sale of computers, televisions and radios, thereby enhancing the flow of information and ideas that would prompt more and faster political as well as economic reform.

Forty-five years later, isn't it time to clear the way for a new relationship?

In this one On The Hill we learn:

Congressional supporters of easing restrictions on travel and agricultural trade to Cuba say business supporters need to offer stronger backing for several measures introduced this year if they are to become law.

Read: If you want to go take advantage of the slaves in Cuba and make some profits, give campaign contributions to those who are trying to fight the Miami Mafia. From our best bud Charlie Rangel:

Rangel acknowledged that President Bush may veto the legislation for political reasons. “The president will probably veto it,” Rangel said. “For the president, you know, it’s not a trade thing, it’s a Miami thing.”


Even at Babalu we have an anti-sanction post from Marc at Uncommon Sense.

I did have mushroom pizza last night.............you think?......nah!

5 comments:

Sr Jodio said...

keep the embargo and make it really work .... they wont last 6 months

no travel of any kind no remittances via western union

ziva said...

"Read: If you want to go take advantage of the slaves in Cuba and make some profits, give campaign contributions to those who are trying to fight the Miami Mafia. From our best bud Charlie Rangel"

Exactly, that and the Dems seeking the Cuban vote in 2008.

Val Prieto said...

I can see the Granma story now:

"The Maximum Leader, writhing and ailing with severe pain, held on like a true revolutionary until the evil imperialist yanquis eradicated the inhumane and evil blockade of Cuba. fidel died after this heroic struggle to free the people of Cuba from the oppressive economic bondage lasting almost 5 decades. el comandante, with his final breath, thanked the new Democratic congress of the United States for their votes cast in solidarity with the Cuban people and their unanimous lifting of the sanctions..."

El Gusano said...

ha! that sounds more like a Julia Sweig op-ed/obit in the NYT.

Anonymous said...

great, of course there are so many citations in the papers! the embargo is so silly and only has fueled castro's power!

many studies, done by objective academics, have shown this.

even most dissidents argue that at least the embargo should be eased b/c it gives castro the excuse for anything.