Cuba to Obama: Let’s Talk! Obama to Cuba: No, Keep Suffering

As we all know, it is very right and good to excuse President Obama for not coming through as the peace candidate he used to be on issues like Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc. Hope and Change will have to wait until we tackle those existential threats.

But how about the brutal policies Obama refuses to rescind towards the one country not even the worst of the hawks in Congress claim threatens us at all? AP:

Cuban President Raul Castro said Thursday that his government is willing to mend fences with bitter Cold War foe the United States and sit down to discuss anything, as long as it is a conversation between equals.

…He echoed previous statements that no topic is off-limits, including U.S. concerns about democracy, freedom of the press and human rights on the island, as long as it is a conversation between equals.

“Any day they want, the table is set. This has already been said through diplomatic channels,” Castro said. “If they want to talk, we will talk.”

…Washington and Havana have not had diplomatic relations for five decades, and the 50-year-old U.S. embargo outlaws nearly all trade and travel to the island.

The senselessness of the ongoing economic warfare against the Cuban people is really a thing to marvel at, to say nothing of Washington’s utter indifference to the suffering it has caused. Here, the Castros practically beg for a reopening of diplomatic ties, to no avail. Obama don’t wanna talk!

Jacob Hornberger:

Consider the brutal economic embargo that the U.S. government has enforced against Cuba for some 50 years. By now, U.S. officials cannot claim ignorance of how much suffering the embargo has caused the Cuban people.

In the beginning, U.S. officials said the same thing they always say when they’re imposing sanctions on foreign regimes — that they have no intent to target the citizenry but only the dictator. But after decades of experience with sanctions, everyone knows that the dictator gets along fine notwithstanding the sanctions. It’s the citizenry who pay the price. In fact, as both Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro learned, the U.S. sanctions against their countries actually helped them to centralize their power.

…What are sanctions if not a direct violation of economic freedom — not only of the Cuban people, who are denied economic intercourse with Americans, but also the economic liberty of the American people, who are prohibited from traveling to Cuba and spending their money there?

…If U.S. officials were really interested in the economic well-being of the Cuban people and if they were genuinely interested in spreading freedom and democracy there, they would immediately lift their cruel and inhumane embargo that has contributed so much the suffering of the Cuban people.

52 thoughts on “Cuba to Obama: Let’s Talk! Obama to Cuba: No, Keep Suffering”

  1. Oh, so now the dictatorship wants to talk? Now, after killing many in the opposition and oppressing the Cuban people to death? Now after they NEVER before wanted to talk anything with the U.S., because they so horridly despised the culture, economic system, and ideologies and now because their economy is rotten from the inside they want to do business again? Where did they leave their “revolutionary” ideals that prohibited them from engaging in negotiations with the “enemy”? You can see how little belief in their system they have when they are willing to sell their revolutionary asses to stay in power. However, Cubans are quickly waking up to fighting their constant abuses.. And at this rate their dictatorship seems doomed to be overthrown by the people themselves, thats why NOW they are rushing to talk.

  2. So basically the US simply doesn't want peace with anybody. Makes sense I guess.

    When you spend 15 times as much as the next closest nation on the military then I guess politicians just can't resist the weak man's temptation to exercise power over others.

  3. Ehud Barack Obomba is just like John Kerry and Mitt Romney. They say what it takes to get elected and change their minds later. He said he would end the embargo and shut down Guantanamo Bay, he's been in office for four years and still hasn't done either of those things. The only promise you can expect him to keep is that he'll break any promise he makes.

    1. We can argue whether he ever really intended to shut down GITMO, but it was Congress who would not authorize funds to decommission the prison and move the detainees elsewhere. As for Cuba, I suspect that, sans any tangible reasons, pissing off the Cuban/Hispanic voters in south Florida would be problematic to getting re-elected. It would not surprise me if after the election – however it goes – this situation may change.

  4. This article makes me laugh just because of its sheer ignorance and blatant ideological prejudice. Castro has been a sponsor of terrorism in the Western Hemisphere for 50 years. Back in the 60's he almost caused a nuclear war between the superpowers and pleaded Nikita Kruschev to launch a nuclear first strike against the USA. Today he continues his subversive activities and covert and overt policies aimed directly against American interests worldwide but specially in the Americas. And you guys feel sorry for him ? You are a bunch of cowards and traitors ! You gutless wonders !

    1. This is asinine. DC had placed missile systems in Turkey (strange how history ignores this) prior to any Russian tit-for-tat response by sending missiles to Cuba. To save face the Americans agreed to remove those missiles but they've always been painted as standing up to the Russian Bear when it was they all along that caused the "crisis".

  5. Talk with Cuba? That will start just as soon as the Cuban officials who have been involved in sponsoring terrorism and drug trafficking for the last 50 years or so have been extradited to stand trial in the U.S. and eslwwhere. Oh, I almost forgot, let's throw in the Cuban intelligence officers who tortured American pilots held as POW's in North Vietnam, beating some of them to death. Hmm. Might be a problem since the head criminal is Fidel himself and his sidekick brother is right behind him. Baloney. I feel sorry for the Cuban people but if they want things to change, they can start by hanging the gang of thugs running the place from a lamppost. By the way, I lived in that hellhole for two years and know what I am talking about. About ten percent of the Cuban population supports Fidel at this stage. That portion should be exiled from the island preferably to a lovely spot like Angola, to let the rest of the normal people get on with their ruined lives.

    1. Maybe you should read the entire article….the point is that these embargoes do not rid the countries of those terrible dictators…they strengthen them:
      "In the beginning, U.S. officials said the same thing they always say when they’re imposing sanctions on foreign regimes — that they have no intent to target the citizenry but only the dictator. But after decades of experience with sanctions, everyone knows that the dictator gets along fine notwithstanding the sanctions. It’s the citizenry who pay the price. In fact, as both Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro learned, the U.S. sanctions against their countries actually helped them to centralize their power."

    2. Cuba has not sponsored any significant terrorism against the US or anyone else. Where's your evidence? OTOH, Cuba has been the target of US terrorism and terror by so-called "Free Cubans," who probably include Charles Burgess and Juan C who posted above. They have brought down Cuban passenger planes and tried to assassinate Fidel like 12 times, just for starters.

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