Obama Calls for Easing Cuba Embargo. Really? How unexpected is that? Here are some tidbits:
Obama’s campaign said Monday that, if elected, the Illinois senator would lift restrictions imposed by the Bush administration and allow Cuban-Americans to visit their relatives more frequently, as well as ease limits on the amount of money they can send to their families.
The Cuban-exile vote is considered key to winning Florida, and top presidential candidates have generally followed the recommendations of the community’s most hard-line and vocal leaders, who support a full embargo against Fidel Castro’s government. Castro, 80, is in poor health and turned over temporary power last year to his brother Raul. [My emphasis. The writer forgot to include “intransigent dinosaur” in that sentence.]
Joe Garcia, the group’s chairman, praised Obama’s proposal.
“It shows courage, and it shows commitment to move beyond the status-quo politics of rhetoric, which is all the Cuban-American community has received from any party for the last half century,” said Garcia, a former head of the Cuban-American Foundation, a leading exile group.
None of the other top presidential candidates have sought to ease the restrictions.
Blah. Blah. Blah. La misma mierda.
Update #1: Here’s a response from Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:
“It’s sadly interesting that some who had spoken so passionately and loudly in favor of a strong and international full embargo against the horrible apartheid government in South Africa and the despotic military junta in Haiti now wish to economically engage with the brutal Castro communist regime. Are the Cuban people less deserving of freedom, human rights and equality?”
Update #2: An excellent editorial in Investor’s Business Daily regarding Barack Hussein Obama’s naive Cuba policy. Give it a read.