As I have mentioned here numerous times, I have yet to see a proponent for the elimination of the embargo against Cuba’s totalitarian dictatorship without any concessions from the regime provide a plausible and logical argument. They are good at bringing up irrelevant points in an attempt to bolster their arguments (i.e. China, Vietnam, etc.), and they are really good at ignoring history–particularly the historical fact that Cuba has been trading with free, capitalist democracies for decades now but the Cuban people have yet to reap one benefit from it. But as far as providing a compelling argument as to why the US should treat a vile and murderous regime any differently than it has, I am still waiting.
With the new report advocating the end of the embargo coming from congress, we see a renewed offensive by groups dedicated to either helping the regime, enriching themselves at the cost of Cuban blood, or worse yet, both. The US-Cuba Democracy PAC has released an excellent response to Sen. Lugar’s (R) report, which points out its faulty premise.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s top Republican, Richard Lugar, issued a new report this weekend calling for the U.S. to lift its trade embargo with communist Cuba.
The U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC issued the following press release in response to the Lugar report:
“U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) is a great public servant of unquestionable character. Unfortunately, the Cuba Policy Report (“the Report”) issued this weekend by his Foreign Relations Committee Latin America staff ignores key elements of the Cuban reality and contains major policy contradictions.
“First and foremost, the report noticeably ignores the plight of Cuba’s courageous — yet brutally repressed — pro-democracy movement. According to the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996, support for Cuba’s pro-democracy movement is at the core of U.S. policy towards Cuba. Not once does the report mention representative democracy as a central tenet of U.S. policy towards the entire region. Yet during a 2001 summit in Lima, Peru, 34 out of 35 countries in the Western Hemisphere adopted the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which placed representative democracy as a priority in hemispheric relations. Cuba remains the glaring exception.
You can read the entire response HERE.