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Cuban And US Embassies To Be Reopened
Jul 1st, 2015 at 11:54am
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Obama announced today that embassies will be re-established in Havana and Washington.  The action is mostly symbolic, but it may serve to help normalize relations between the US & Cuba.

Obama doesn't provide any clues about how this may impact trade with Cuba, but I'm hoping he would like to normalize that as well. Recently, there have been some travel restrictions lifted, but its unclear if all restrictions will be lifted.

It would be a tremendous shot-in-the-arm for Cuba to get some US dollars coming into their economy.

I look forward to buying a decent Cuban cigar for less than 10 bucks.    Cool

  
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Reply #1 - Jul 1st, 2015 at 12:35pm
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Because pretending to have normal relations with a dictatorial communist shithole is what really matters.
  
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Reply #2 - Jul 1st, 2015 at 1:53pm
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SkyChief wrote on Jul 1st, 2015 at 11:54am:
Obama doesn't provide any clues about how this may impact trade with Cuba, but I'm hoping he would like to normalize that as well. Recently, there have been some travel restrictions lifted, but its unclear if all restrictions will be lifted.


It was my understanding that Congress must lift the actual sanctions.  That Obama's executive action is limited.

  
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Reply #3 - Jul 1st, 2015 at 3:16pm
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Because pretending to have normal relations with a dictatorial communist shithole is what really matters.


Do you feel there have been any gains from the embargo since the JFK administration (1962)?

I had always thought the main reason for the embargo was to railroad the Cubans into adopting democracy.

Well, that certainly was an ignominious failure. Fifty years later, they are still commies. We traded with the Soviet Union in the '70s.   

So whats the point of maintaining hostilities with Cuba?   It serves no (practical) purpose. imo.
  
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Reply #4 - Jul 1st, 2015 at 3:39pm
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There aren't any private businesses in Cuba to trade with. Its only the communist government.

  

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Reply #5 - Jul 1st, 2015 at 5:10pm
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SkyChief wrote on Jul 1st, 2015 at 11:54am:
...there have been some travel restrictions lifted, but its unclear if all restrictions will be lifted.

Is the Communist government of Cuba willing to lift "all restrictions"? What a laugh!
  
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Reply #6 - Jul 1st, 2015 at 5:15pm
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SkyChief wrote on Jul 1st, 2015 at 3:16pm:
So whats the point of maintaining hostilities with Cuba?   It serves no (practical) purpose. imo.

U.S citizens who escaped Communist Cuba will vote for people who are willing to help them get the communists out of Cuba. A worthy goal.
But nobody really will. Politicians will talk big about it in order to get elected, but U.S. policy, set by JFK (can dead Presidents control our current foreign policy?), is that Cuba will remain Communist. It was part of the Cuban missile crises settlement, along with us removing nuclear missiles form Turkey.
  
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Reply #7 - Jul 1st, 2015 at 5:28pm
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SkyChief wrote on Jul 1st, 2015 at 3:16pm:
So whats the point of maintaining hostilities with Cuba?   It serves no (practical) purpose. imo.

None. It's symbolic. But symbols can matter.
  
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Reply #8 - Jul 1st, 2015 at 5:35pm
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None. It's symbolic. But symbols can matter.

It's quite practical for the politicians who get elected by supporting it, and they get elected because their constituents support it.

Actions matter more than symbols. The world sees that the U.S. periodically helps Communist countries, to keep them from collapsing and  perhaps having all the Communists hung.
  
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Reply #9 - Jul 1st, 2015 at 5:37pm
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You could say that of anything, dumbass.
  
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