Hillary Clinton pushed Obama to end sanctions against Cuba’s apartheid Castro regime
In another excerpt released from Hillary Clinton's upcoming book, it turns out the former Secretary of State and presumptive Democrat nominee for president in 2016 attempted to convince President Obama to end sanctions against the repressive apartheid regime of the criminal Castro family in Cuba. Using both discombobulated and contradictory reasoning along with fallacious and discredited arguments so common to the anti-embargo crowd, Clinton presents a spurious case in favor of the vile Castro dictatorship. But just like those like her who believe the fantastical notion that the Castro mafia can be controlled or eliminated by drowning them in billions of U.S. dollars, her argument makes no effort whatsoever to reconcile itself to history or reality.
The only part missing from her argument to reward the most repressive and murderous dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere and state sponsor of terrorism for more than half a century is the now infamous question: What difference does it make?
Clinton says she urged end to Cuba embargo
PARIS In her new book, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she pushed President Barack Obama to lift or ease the decades-long U.S. embargo on Cuba because it was no longer useful to American interests or promoting change on the communist island.
In excerpts of the book "Hard Choices" obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its release next week, Clinton writes that the embargo has given communist leaders Fidel and Raul Castro an excuse not to enact democratic reforms. And she says opposition from some in Congress to normalizing relations — "to keep Cuba in a deep freeze" — has hurt both the United States and the Cuban people. She says the 2009 arrest by Cuba of USAID contractor Alan Gross and Havana's refusal to release him on humanitarian grounds is a "tragedy" for improving ties.
"Since 1960, the United States had maintained an embargo against the island in hopes of squeezing Castro from power, but it only succeeded in giving him a foil to blame for Cuba's economic woes," she writes. She says her husband, former President Bill Clinton, tried to improve relations with Cuba in the 1990s, but the Castro government did not respond to the easing in some sanctions. Nonetheless, Obama was determined to continue the effort, she writes.
She says that late in her term in office she urged Obama to reconsider the U.S. embargo. "It wasn't achieving its goals," she writes, "and it was holding back our broader agenda across Latin America. ... I thought we should shift the onus onto the Castros to explain why they remained undemocratic and abusive."
Clinton writes that in the face of "a stone wall" from the Castro regime, she and Obama decided to engage directly with the Cuban people.
"We believed that the best way to bring change to Cuba would be to expose its people to the values, information and material comforts of the outside world," she says.
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