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Posted June 30, 2004 by I-taoist in US Embargo

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Influential New York Times comes down strongly in favor of lifting Cuban embargo and travel ban.

Election-Year Cuba Policy

June 27, 2004

It is outrageous that the people of a communist nation have
just been told they can see their relatives living outside
the country only once every three years. Not only that, the
types of items and amounts of money they can receive from
overseas will also be curtailed, along with their exposure
to visitors on cultural and academic exchanges.

What’s most outrageous, however, is that the government
ordering this crackdown is the Bush administration, not the
communist regime in Havana. America’s policy, followed for
decades, of trying to force change in Cuba by means of an
economic embargo has been an abject failure, but the
administration is about to embrace it with renewed gusto.

The notion that further isolating Cuba will weaken Fidel
Castro’s dictatorial grip is belied by both history and
America’s approach to other totalitarian societies.
Washington has long operated on the view that the more we
engage these countries and inundate them with American
culture, the more irresistible they will find freedom. Even
many Republicans now feel this is the approach to be taken
with Havana, too, which is why Congress voted last year to
lift the broader ban on all travel to Cuba. The Cuba item
was dropped, at the White House’s request, in a last-minute
reconciliation of Senate and House versions of a larger

Now the administration is pulling, once again, in the
opposite direction, to tighten the embargo, perhaps more
interested in solidifying the Republicans’ Cuban-American
base in Florida than in forcing real change in Cuba. In
that sense, Cuba is simply a different kind of red state
looming large in this year’s presidential election.

The toughened policy, which cynically victimizes families,
will backfire over time. Polls show that about half the
Cuban-American community in Florida resents the intrusive
new sanctions. But this split within the Cuban-American
community has not yet registered at the polls, because
those advocating a tougher embargo are older, from the
waves of exiles who arrived in the United States in the
1960’s and 1970’s, and are far more likely to vote. They
are offended that supposed political exiles feel free to go
back and forth to their old country. In many cases, they
can afford to feel that way because they are less likely to
have close relatives still in Cuba. When the more recently
arrived Cuban-Americans become a political force in
Florida, the odds of a more effective American policy
toward Havana will increase substantially.

New York Times Editorial Staff

  1. Follow up post #1 added on July 01, 2004 by I-taoist with 213 total posts

    In an ocean of adverse tides and currents, with strong opinions exactly opposite its present course, the Bush administration’ ship of state blunders ahead, oblivious to the approaching shoals and reefs and the great harm being done its standing the the minds of thinking men and women, and the world.  In the process it further strengthens the dark forces in Cuba as we speak.  Such folly can only be attributed to blind idealogues, out of touch with the reality about them, and delusioned with their own self talk. 

  2. Follow up post #2 added on July 01, 2004 by Victor Lopez

    I totally support Mr Bush policy in Irak, in Cuba, and internally in US.

    Thats the best he can do for not been reelected in November.

    Let him continue and well get rid of him, finally.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on July 02, 2004 by Dana Garrett

    If Bushís cruel foreign policies result from his love for God, then the world would be better off casting its lot with the devil.

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