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U.S. Chamber of Commerce visitor tells Raul Castro not to be himself

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Donohue (L) sits next to rector of University of Havana Gustavo Cobreiro Suarez and Cuba's Minister of Foreign Trade and Commerce

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Donohue (L) sits next to rector of University of Havana Gustavo Cobreiro Suarez and Cuba's Minister of Foreign Trade and Commerce

Yes, let's drum up some business.  Come on, guys... can't you see that going capitalist is in your own best interest?

The top man at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce seems to think that he can change 55 years of wrong thinking with one visit.

He has told Raul Castro and his courtiers to shape up and drop all their communist totalitarian nonsense.

Oh it's all so simple, don't you see?  If you allow more freedom to your people, you can do more business with us!

Raul Castro slaps his forehead and says, "D'oh! Gee golly whizz, I should have thought of that!  What a dolt I've been all these years! Thanks for pointing this out!"

Clueless?  No, it's worse than clueless.  So much worse that no one has yet come up with a word for it.

But the sad truth is that this visit by Thomas Donahue -- and the countless news reports about it -- mark yet another step towards "normalizing" relations with Castrogonia.

So, get ready, everyone: we are one step closer to ending the so-called embargo, flooding Raul Castro's treasury with dollars, and keeping the Cuban people enslaved for at least another century.

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From Reuters:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce chief urges Raul Castro to extend reforms

Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday urged Cuba to speed up and extend market-style economic reforms, saying world investors would respond and that it might be the best path toward better relations with the United States.

Chamber President Thomas Donohue extolled the virtues of capitalism and free markets in the communist-ruled country, once taboo subjects here, and told Cubans that reducing excessive government control of the economy was the best assurance of prosperity.

"The more Cuba can do to demonstrate its commitment to reform, and the more it can do to address and resolve disputes in our relations, the better the prospects will be for changes in U.S. policy," Donohue said in a speech before Foreign Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca, a host of other Cuban officials and university students.

Donohue also met with Cuban President Raul Castro, state television said, without reporting details of their conversation. It was a late addition to Donohue's agenda before departing for the United States at the end of a three-day visit.

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