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11:03 AM on 01/18/2011
Any guesses as to whether or not there would ever have been a breakoff of diplomatic relations if the victorious rebels of 1959 had established a rightwing dictatorship instead of a leftwing one?
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bbbbjr
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02:26 PM on 01/18/2011
for your answer, see Chile and Allende in the 70's...we would have bankrolled a right wing dictator in Cuba.
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raphaelbonee
The snake was right "the gods lie"
10:14 AM on 01/18/2011
If every other country travels to and does business with Cuba what's the point of a US embargo.
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MoCatWoman
10:20 AM on 01/18/2011
It's like a fight some neighbors or relatives had 30 years ago. They stopped speaking Christmas, 1970 -- they can't recall what the fight was about, but the feud goes on.....it's really stupid.
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cwebster
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10:56 AM on 01/18/2011
No point at all. The rest of us wonder what the heck is wrong with the US that they pick on a miniscule country, yet establish a relationship with China. Looks very hypocritical because the only apparent reason is that China has money...
09:51 AM on 01/18/2011
All can not be put on America. It is time to talk. Cuba must show it is ready for normalization of relationships. A good first step on the part of Cuba would help. Both sides meeting in the middle is the best situation.
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Realbluesky
10:18 AM on 01/18/2011
Why? America has hurt Cuba for decades. To continue the anti-Cuban policy has been wrong and still is wrong. Why should Cuba have to do anything for normalization? What is the middle? Sorry, but your comment doesn't make any sense whatsoever.
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Waterlooboy
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12:34 PM on 01/18/2011
Cuba has hurt Cuba. Why can't Cuba make it with the support of the rest of the world? That said, I still hope we end the embargo.
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cwebster
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10:53 AM on 01/18/2011
Why? This policy has made America look like a schoolyard bully, especially when it has established relationships with China, which has a terrible history of human rights abuses.
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09:38 AM on 01/18/2011
As the old generation of Cuban exiles dies off and their Cuban-American children take over, most of the old animosity will dissipate.

The younger Cuban-Americans are more interested in living the good life in the US than settling old scores with Castro. Most have zero desire to move to Cuba, but would love to use old family contacts to foster economic ties between the US and Cuba. Basically most of the kids just want to see Cuba opened up so they can profit from trade.

It is long past time for the US to kiss off the old Cuban exiles and have completely open trade with Cuba. It will profit a wide group of Americans and cause social change in Cuba.
09:33 AM on 01/18/2011
This is not a first step, is a step back. Where is that Change? What is it that USAmerica fear that it won't allow its citizens to travel to Cuba?
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MoCatWoman
10:17 AM on 01/18/2011
Uh, the US doesn't want to admit that the policy has been a stupid failure for so many decades? It's ridiculous that any US citizen can't travel to Cuba like anyone else in the world, any time we want. It's just stupid pride -- makes no sense whatever. As usual, we are behind the rest of the world in this, as in so many things....
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Eileenla
09:30 AM on 01/18/2011
Since when have we ever let common sense interfere with political decisions? Sigh...

You're absolutely right. I too eagerly await the coming of this "cold day in hell."
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09:13 AM on 01/18/2011
Trying to boost relations with Cuba would not only bring Cuba into the modern world but it would be good for both economies.......
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Buckeye54
...the One your mom warned you about!
09:12 AM on 01/18/2011
Common sense would dictate that we change our policy towards Cuba and its people. Does it make sense that we can travel to China, Vietnam & North Korea but we can't visit Cuba?

I really don't care what the pro-Batista Cuban immigrants of south Florida think—didn't care 40 years ago and don't care now.

The policy has failed for 50 years and has only imposed economic hardship on the Cuban people (certainly not on Castro and his eliites) and on Americans who can't trade with Cuba.

Besides, it would finally make Cuban cigars legal.