Is Obama Contemplating Unilateral Action on Cuba? 3

President Obama and Raul Castro

President Obama and Raul Castro

The Spanish foreign minister’s recent statement that he would bring ‘concrete messages’ from the US government to Havana has some Republicans speculating that President Obama is looking to move further away from decades-old policy on Cuba.

By Howard LaFranchi, Christian Science Monitor

Is President Obama about to take unilateral steps to ease US relations with Cuba?

A number of recent developments – from Mr. Obama’s recourse to executive action on immigration to the Spanish foreign minister’s enigmatic statement that he would be carrying “very concrete messages” from the US government when he visits Havana this week – have some Republicans fretting that the White House aims to move even further from decades-old policy of isolating communist Cuba.

Obama last took action on Cuba in 2011, when he eased travel restrictions on Americans visiting the island. But a year ago in Florida, he raised eyebrows – and the hopes of supporters about a new US direction with Cuba – when he spoke of wanting “to continue to update our policies.”

It makes no sense, the president said, to continue with policies from 1961 “in the age of the Internet and Google and world travel.”

Some advocates of liberalized relations with Cuba are pressing the administration for concrete steps before April. That’s when Obama is slated to take part in the Summit of the Americas in Panama, which is expected to be the first such hemispheric gathering to include Cuba.

In the past, the United States has vetoed Cuba’s participation on the grounds that the gathering is limited to the hemisphere’s democracies, but a number of countries have said they would not attend next year’s summit if Cuba were once again barred.

But supporters of the status quo on relations with Cuba counter that if the US has stuck with policies from the 1960s – notably an embargo – it’s because the Castro regime that came to power in that era continues today to deny the Cuban people the democratic governance and human rights that most of the rest of the Western Hemisphere enjoys.

Last week Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio used a confirmation hearing for Antony Blinken, Obama’s deputy national security adviser and his choice to become deputy secretary of State, to grill Mr. Blinken about “chatter” in Washington that Obama intends to make “unilateral change” on US-Cuba policy.

Ending the embargo would require congressional action, but there are other steps the president could take to redirect US policy on Cuba.

Feature continues here:  Will Obama Go It Alone On Cuba?

 

3 comments

  1. En Cuba las elecciones no son multipartido, por lo tanto son elecciones fraude, el pueblo de Cuba hace mucho tiempo no es soberano, porque en elecciones no puede escoger entre bien y mal. es mas, las elecciones en Cuba no crean expectación porque son una falsa.

  2. The only actions that should be taken should be the creation of programs to help the Cuban dissidence and to induce elections in Cuba.The appeasement of a dictator is not the proper solution which would be consider as a sign of weakness by the murderer dictator Raul Castro.Raul Castro knows that the end of his reign is coming and he is resorting to any methods to clinch himself to power.the only negotiation that should have any logic would be to ask for free elections and for the Murderer Castro brothers to leave the Island,a thing they are not going to do.Cuba at this time is at his weakest point and Raul Castro knows it is time for the Castro brothers to leave power.Spain is going to be on Cuba’s side to protect their interest they have on the island because they know that if the Castro regimen fall,foreign capital is going to enter the Island and the Spaniards hate competition.The Spanish government is looking after they interest.

  3. A brief read through the numerous declassified documents available at the National Security Archives will quickly reveal the “behind the scenes” efforts betweent the United States and Cuba, such efforts of reconciliation which originated from both the U.S. and Cuba, on a consistent basis over the many years past. The goal was to open-up talks in an effort to re-establish diplomaric relations between the United States of America and Cuba. It all started begining a meeting held on August 22, 1961 during the Punta del Este Conference, with the attendance of “Che Guevara”, where Dock Goodwin was invited to meet with “Che”, perhaps at “Che´s” own prodding, to the JFK administration, to Henry Kissinger´s counsel during the Gerald Ford Adminstration to President Jimmy Carter, to Ronald Reagan, to Bill Clinton and now President Barack Obama. The United States of America is not exempt of trying to reconcile diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S., over many decades. So let´s make it very clear, the concept of diplomatic reconciliation with Cuba is not novel as far as the White House is concerned. Anyone who dares say not, is a total ignorant and additionally a fool, as proven by historical documents that clearly attest to this fact. The fact that President Obama is presently considering lifting the trade embargo sanctions is only natural and represents an evolutionary step that one day will be intertwined into American history as Latinos become the mayority population factor in the United States of America.

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