We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Read it and weep, not only about this "comprehensive bailout — from the Obama administration" as the Washington Post editorial terms it but it continues "Mr. Obama says normalizing relations will allow the United States to be more effective in promoting political change in Cuba. That is contrary to U.S. experience with Communist regimes such as Vietnam, where normalization has led to no improvements on human rights in two decades."Further, it will encourage other despots and their useful idiots in the Western Left, as "they will press the Obama administration not to sanction Venezuela."
Then weep that ignorance at Maggies Farm abets useful idiocy, and gives a pass to the dispiriting of those facing the China and Russia bullies.
I think a good case can be made that the US allowing free trade with Red China had a major effect on their decision to allow capitalist reforms there.
As for Venezuela and Bolivia, the Marxist regimes there seem to be collapsing quite well by themselves, simply because Havana and Moscow can't afford to subsidize those countries (and China doesn't seem interested).
The way things are going, in ten years the US may be the last communist country left on the planet. I see no reason to look for dangerous Communists anywhere else.
Could not agree more on the China thing, that has been my feeling about Cuba for a long time. The only people we have been hurting is the common folk and if they were going to, or even able to overthrow the Castros it would have happened long ago. Once the Chinese people got a whiff of capitalism the old communist powerbrokers lost control of the situation pretty fast. They still exert a lot of influence but there is no question about what direction the country is headed, and that should be of greater concern to the US since we have greatly weakened our ability to compete with a country that lets business run as business should. Our sanctions on Cuba outlived their usefulness a generation ago and the whole thing is nothing but a pointless political football that distracts us from important issues. And by God, it took 6 years but Obama finally did something I can agree with.
Actually, first, only a relatively small ujrban connected to the communists elite has done economically well. The overwhelming majority are poor and, if employed in the factoriues owned by the elites, paid poorly. Meanwhile, second, there is no political freedoms, and third, China is using its state wealth to build a world-class military and has already expanded into the South China Sea with impunity and is building ships, planes and arms to expand its power further throughout the world, and lastly, China is a consistent vote in the UN to defend other thuggish states. -- What we've gotten for all that, imports, that further enrich China's ruling class and hollow our own industries and workers.
Poor Dirk. I hardly believe our embargo has had much effect on the 'common folk', as the rest of the world trades freely with Cuba. The problem in Cuba is its communist government. This fluff by Obama will change nothing.
Every dime spent by foreign visitors to Cuba kicks .8 cents back to the Regime to fund the continued oppression of the Cuban People.
50 years of EUROPEAN support for totalitarianism really isn't a reason for America to follow suit.