'The United States of America Is Changing Its Relationship With the People of Cuba'

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
December 17, 2014
President Obama Speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House on December 17, 2014

At noon today, President Barack Obama announced that the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.

President Obama said that the United States is renewing its leadership in the Americas and stated that he has taken additional measures aimed at supporting the ability of the Cuban people to gain greater control over their own lives and determine their country’s future. 

President Obama said that the United States can do more to support the Cuban people, and promote our values, through engagement.

President Obama thanked His Holiness Pope Francis for his support, the Government of Canada, and a bipartisan group of congressmen who worked for a new approach to advance our interests in Cuba.

In closing, President Obama said, "Change is hard –- in our own lives, and in the lives of nations...[W]e are making these changes because it is the right thing to do."

Secretary Kerry Welcomes Alan Gross Home

In a statement, the Secretary said, "Today’s step also reflects our firm belief that the risk and the cost of trying to turn the tide is far lower than the risk and cost of remaining stuck in an ideological cement of our own making."

 

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Mark L.
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California, USA
December 17, 2014
Way to go, Obama and Kerry!
Joe J.
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California, USA
December 18, 2014
The people who make out on this deal are the car collectors who will find more 1957 Chevy Belaires than they ever dreamed and maybe MLB if there are any young pitchers down there (or can they still not leave?).
Kevin O.
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Massachusetts, USA
December 18, 2014
Why is it the right thing to do? Didn't they hold Alan Gross,an American for the past five years in prison? Aren't they still a communist country run by the Castro family? What has changed? Can't see how this benifits Americans, just more money going to foreign countries!Has Obama started smoking again and he wants Cuban cigars?
Ken R.
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Oregon, USA
December 18, 2014
The U.S. policy towards Cuba for the past five decades has been self-defeating. The Obama administration has worked to open up Cuba to American influence, starting in 2009 with the liberalization of "gift parcels." With the recent drop in oil prices Cuba will no doubt have less aid from Venezuela. That coun try needs maximum oil output and high prices to finance its budgets, social spending programs, and subsidized oil to Cuba. No doubt President Castro remembers the bad times after the Soviet Union broke up and Russia no longer helped the Cuban economy. Those bad times could come again without the liberalization of relations between Cuba and the U.S. This is coming at the right time.
Eric J.
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New Mexico, USA
December 18, 2014

Not sure whether this means the Castro brothers have mellowed with age, or simply that US policy has but probably a little of both; considering Cube has been exporting doctors to deal with humanitarian disasters over some time now, rather than exporting revolutionaries to further ideological agendas at the barrel of a gun as they have in the past.

In any case the Castros won't be around forever and knowing this both they and the President have taken the steps to resolve this long running bi-lateral dispute in the interest of everyone concerned in the years to come.

Could it be that like Russia and China that the Castro brothers are starting to accept the notion that Communists are really just Capitalists at heart?  What good's a revolution if the people can't make a buck?

Only time will tell...but I detect progress. Our "Instigator in Chief" is at it again...and that's a good thing.

EJ 12/18/14

 

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