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Will Obama End Decades Of US Economic Oppression Of Cuba?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Formaldehyde, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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  2. amadeus

    amadeus As seen on OT

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    Will Cuba?
     
  3. RedRalph

    RedRalph Deity

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    I dont know if he will or not,. but it seems more likely under him than it has under any previous one
     
  4. Mise

    Mise isle of lucy

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    Honestly, I can't see any reason why the status quo should remain. It's baffling.
     
  5. El_Machinae

    El_Machinae Colour vision since 2018 Retired Moderator

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    What Mise said. I just don't see the benefit, other than some type of protectionism.
     
  6. Mowque

    Mowque Hypermodernist

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    Exactly. (1o chars)
     
  7. REDY

    REDY Duty Caller

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    I belief that it should be good move if there will be also some step by Cuba. For example end of political persecution.
     
  8. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    American tourists would ruin the awesomeness of Cuban resorts.
     
  9. Luckymoose

    Luckymoose The World is Mine

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    Yes, let us exploit their resources!
     
  10. ZB2

    ZB2 New wave Ideology

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    Seconded haha

    But really, it should end. The embargo was attached to a pathetic reason to which now no longer applies.
     
  11. Ecofarm

    Ecofarm Deity

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    Cubans can vote now?

    No more political prisoners held by the Castros?

    Wow, I missed the revolution.
     
  12. El_Machinae

    El_Machinae Colour vision since 2018 Retired Moderator

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    The reason was to force a revolution. It clearly didn't work. Ergo, it was a pathetic reason to have an embargo.

    Now, freedom is a good goal. But the embargo ain't doing it.
     
  13. .Shane.

    .Shane. Take it like a voter Retired Moderator

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    Two reasons:
    1. Cuba (and Castro) represents a massive embarrassment to the US.
    2. Cuban-American voters.
     
  14. Ecofarm

    Ecofarm Deity

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    Totally untrue. Cuba is pathetic, at best. It's a real crap hole of totalitarianism and mainstream poverty. Which, given its government, is what it should be. People cross 100 miles of open water in innertubes to escape that hellhole.
     
  15. .Shane.

    .Shane. Take it like a voter Retired Moderator

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    We are talking about different things.

    I'm talking more from the historical perspective and our legacy of being unable to unseat Castro.

    Who is your edit intended for?
     
  16. Theige

    Theige American Baron

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    Why should the U.S. be embarrassed about it?
     
  17. Ecofarm

    Ecofarm Deity

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    The title maker.

    Legitimate (unilateral) sanctions =/= oppression. They can do business with whoever else they want, and they do. It's entirely our perogative to not do business with them. Noone should be forced to do business with anyone.
     
  18. Theige

    Theige American Baron

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    That wasn't the only reason; Cuba aligning itself with the USSR during the cold war certainly play a major factor.

    Cuba's military was second only to Brazil's in all of Latin and South America during the Cold War, and they actively assisted the USSR in wars in Angola and Ethiopia.
     
  19. Abaddon

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    By removing the Legitimate (unilateral) sanctions, it doesnt force anyone to trade with Cuba, it just means they can..
     
  20. Theige

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    I think when he said anyone, he meant any countries. IE its the US's right to not trade with Cuba.
     

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