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Posted April 10, 2010 by publisher in US Embargo

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Cuba’s President Raul Castro and his brother, ex-leader Fidel Castro, have sought to sabotage U.S. moves to improve ties because they fear it will threaten their power, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday.

Clinton said Cuba’s response to Obama administration efforts to enhance cooperation revealed “an intransigent, entrenched regime” that had no interest in political reform or ending the isolation imposed by Washington’s 48-year old economic embargo on the island.

“It is my personal belief that the Castros do not want to see an end to the embargo and do no want to see normalization with the United States, because they would lose all of their excuses for what hasn’t happened in Cuba in the last 50 years,” Clinton said

“I find that very sad, because there should be an opportunity for a transition to a full democracy in Cuba and it’s going to happen at some point, but it may not happen any time soon.”

Obama has said he wants to recast ties that have been hostile since soon after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. Fidel Castro stepped aside as president because of illness, with his younger brother Raul formally taking over in 2008.

The United States has over the past year lifted limits on Cuban Americans traveling and sending money to Cuba, and initiated talks with Havana on migration and mail service.

But Obama has said the economic embargo will stay until Cuba improves human rights and frees political detainees, and Clinton said the outlook was not good on either front.

“If you look at any opening to Cuba you can almost chart how the Castro regime does something to try to stymie it,” Clinton said while answering questions at Kentucky’s University of Louisville.

Clinton noted that in 1996, when her husband former President Bill Clinton was seeking to improve ties, Cuba shot down two small U.S. planes that were distributing leaflets. The incident effectively ended that overture.

Over the past year, despite Obama’s willingness to improve ties, Cuba arrested a U.S. contractor on suspicion of espionage while political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo died after an 85-day hunger strike in protest against prison conditions, Clinton said.

“It’s a dilemma,” Clinton said. “I hope (they) will begin to change. We’re open to changing with them, but I don’t know that that will happen before some more time goes by.”

(Reporting by Andrew Quinn; editing by Philip Barbara)

  1. Follow up post #1 added on April 10, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    This is news?

    I’ve been saying this for years.

    The Embargo has been Fidel’s excuse for his failed ideology. Why has it taken 50 years for someone high up in any Administration to realize this?

    So now will Secretary Clinton and President Obama lift the Embargo immediately?

    Probably not until the Cuban government releases all political prisoners and holds free elections… and round and round we go.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on April 10, 2010 by bernie with 199 total posts

    If the USA really wanted to lift the embargo they should do so
    without any conditions attached to it.  Cuba will never agree to the
    conditions that the USA is demanding, which are confidential??????

  3. Follow up post #3 added on April 10, 2010 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    The problems in Cuba are not caused by the embargo or anything to do with the US. All the problems in Cuba are related to the Castros.
    Get rid of them and everything would flourish.
    Mrs. Clinton now arrived to the conclusion that we have been saying for long long time. Fidel and Raul Castro do not want the embargo removed and do not want regular relations with the US.
    They are very clever and realizes that is that happens the average people in Cuba would see that the Americans are not “evil” as they have been telling them for the last 50 years. They also would find out that market economy is much better than what they have now. They would see that is ok to have oportunities and to dream big. Every year since Castro has been in power he has said to the Cubans: next year would be worst than this, but we have to be strong to confront the US enemy”.
    Get rid of the embargo and the Castros would not have any other excuse.
    I bet that the end of the Castro would be shortly after removing the embargo.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on April 10, 2010 by jmw1 with 62 total posts

    When Castro drops dead it’s the death of the embargo.
    Castro cannot survive without the embargo, the embargo cannot survive without Castro. It’s a lose- lose situation unique to the Castro communist dictatorship over the country and people they have destroyed.

    History will NEVER absolve Fidel Castro.

  5. Follow up post #5 added on April 10, 2010 by nacho with 111 total posts

    As a Cuban will put it “Hillary discovered the cold water”
    That is the understatement of the century, from the department of the blinking obvious!!!

  6. Follow up post #6 added on April 11, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Here’s another story with video of her words.

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  7. Follow up post #7 added on April 12, 2010 by cacf2@aol.com with 21 total posts

    Please Folks, help me understand Secretary of State Hillary Clinton latest statement, which has been widely distributed by the mainstream media and supported by most postings on this site, the MH and others, supporting her most recent lie.

    The government of the United States imposed a thorough embargo on Cuba in 1961.  Since, there has been hundreds of ammendments tightening its effects, of which, the Torricelli Bill and the Helms-Burton Act are its best expression.

    It was also President Bill Clinton, her husband, who was bribed by the Cuban American National Foundation into signing the Helms-Burton Act and later by codifying this monstrosity into LAW.

    Is it possible, that Mrs Clinton does not know, that in order to end the embargo, 2/3 of Congress must approve of it?

    How can someone in her position, stand in front of the media and repeat such blatant lies?

    If lifting the embargo is in the Cuban government hands, why not say How or What they should do?

  8. Follow up post #8 added on April 12, 2010 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    Wonder if she is the last person in the US to realize this ....
    Why not simply do the right thing and lift the embargo not matter what Cuba does - she’s amost making it sound like the USA needs Cuba’s ok to lift the embargo.

  9. Follow up post #9 added on April 12, 2010 by bernie with 199 total posts

    Bravo cacf:  You have put the blame where it belongs, not
    on Castro.  The USA put the embargo on and only
    the USA that can remove the embargo???
    The Cuban government or Castro has no control about
    removing the embargo, despite the propaganda to the
    contrary???  The Clinton’s are known for lies????

  10. Follow up post #10 added on April 13, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Cuba reacts to Secretary Clinton’s comments calling her cynical.

    Right. Like they were going to agree with her.

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  11. Follow up post #11 added on April 13, 2010 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    altho only the USA can remove the embargo, got to admit Cuba can make that easy or hard.

  12. Follow up post #12 added on April 13, 2010 by Dana Garrett with 252 total posts

    Odd that Sec. Clinton would claim that the Castros don’t want the embargo lifted even as the US policy is not to lift it in any case.  The upshot is that the US doesn’t want what, allegedly, the Castros don’t want.  That sounds like agreement to me.

  13. Follow up post #13 added on April 14, 2010 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    so lets see if we all got this right ...
    both sides say the embargo is bad and both sides say they want the embargo lifted and nothing happens…
    sound like politics to me ...

  14. Follow up post #14 added on April 15, 2010 by MiamiCuban with 87 total posts

    I agree—-it’s all politics as usual.  Clinton should quit the rhetoric.  When she says that Cuba “is not interested in political reform,” it’s obvious that lifting the embargo would come with strings attached for Cuba.  I wonder how many countries do business with the U.S. with a contingency that there is “political reform”, or that we get out of Iraq….etc.  Just lift the embargo.  It’s time.

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