US Wins Clout With OAS Deal On Cuba, Experts Say

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U.S. support for ending Cuba's nearly 50-year-old suspension from the Organization of American States has given the Obama administration greater clout in the region at little cost, according to diplomats and experts.
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Jason Lee

Des Plaines, IL

#1 Jun 6, 2009
Another well played hand by the Obama administration.
Jason Lee

Des Plaines, IL

#2 Jun 6, 2009
Oops. Double posted. Sorry.
Duh Vinci

Las Vegas, NV

#3 Jun 6, 2009
Capichi

Since: Mar 09

United States

#4 Jun 6, 2009
Jason Lee wrote:
Another well played hand by the Obama administration.
I agree. Good news.
clear n present stranger

Berkeley, CA

#5 Jun 6, 2009
We have nothing to lose by this action and everything to gain. We have essentially propped up CUBA as a huge monster which kept Castro in power and damaged our relations with much of Central and South America.

It is good to see some intelligent diplomacy that is productive vs. the childlike and angry blustering of the past.

Since: May 09

Juan-les-pins, France

#7 Jun 7, 2009
President Obama, Tear down this embargo!

“America la bella!!”

Since: Jan 07

que Dios te bendiga

#8 Jun 7, 2009
clear n present stranger wrote:
We have nothing to lose by this action and everything to gain. We have essentially propped up CUBA as a huge monster which kept Castro in power and damaged our relations with much of Central and South America.
It is good to see some intelligent diplomacy that is productive vs. the childlike and angry blustering of the past.
Oh yeah!! you tell the cubans in the island..in a cage for 50 years.
Mike

Asheboro, NC

#9 Jun 7, 2009
clear n present stranger wrote:
We have nothing to lose by this action and everything to gain. We have essentially propped up CUBA as a huge monster which kept Castro in power and damaged our relations with much of Central and South America.
You dont really know much about Castro, do ya?
A better idea would've been sending Marines to take that prick out as soon as the Berlin Wall fell. Cuba would be the country it once was free from the Marxist regime.
clear n present stranger

Berkeley, CA

#10 Jun 7, 2009
Marie in Miami Fl wrote:
<quoted text>Oh yeah!! you tell the cubans in the island..in a cage for 50 years.
Castro was the longest ruling leader in the world when he abdicated his cigar box. He stayed in power simply only because he collected money for being a thorn in our sides. Had we never started an embargo and just ignored him many more people in Central and South America would be pro Democracy instead of pro socialist. It would also have helped not to have supported a few fascist leaders for the benefit of a few American Corporations and to the detriment of the people of several counties. We need to treat our neighbors based on our original philosophies and not like cows to be milked.Promoting healthy capitalism, freedom and Democracy is the answer not keeping peasants in their place for the local landed gentry.
clear n present stranger

Berkeley, CA

#11 Jun 7, 2009
Mike wrote:
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You dont really know much about Castro, do ya?
A better idea would've been sending Marines to take that prick out as soon as the Berlin Wall fell. Cuba would be the country it once was free from the Marxist regime.
He was a convenient enemy kept in power as much by our unproductive policies like the embargo as his own actions from collecting welfare around the world to be a pain in our #$%^.

I don't like Castro but we handled the situation badly and in fact ensured his place for decades by our counterproductive policies.

Our support for Banana Republics, and a few American companies over the rights of citizens also backfired and help create fertile soil for the growth of socialism and communism. Neither of which I am in favor of.

“America la bella!!”

Since: Jan 07

que Dios te bendiga

#12 Jun 7, 2009
clear n present stranger wrote:
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Castro was the longest ruling leader in the world when he abdicated his cigar box. He stayed in power simply only because he collected money for being a thorn in our sides. Had we never started an embargo and just ignored him many more people in Central and South America would be pro Democracy instead of pro socialist. It would also have helped not to have supported a few fascist leaders for the benefit of a few American Corporations and to the detriment of the people of several counties. We need to treat our neighbors based on our original philosophies and not like cows to be milked.Promoting healthy capitalism, freedom and Democracy is the answer not keeping peasants in their place for the local landed gentry.
I think the Embargo was the easiest option to take 47 years ago. And not an Invasion to Cuba as well as Usa did in many other countries. In my point of view Latin America has always had an excuse to be anti-american. We all know Castro has worked very hard all these years to mantain an Embargo and spread Social-Communism in America. Do you really think Fidel wants the Embargo Lifted? No he does not. he wants to mantain the Imperialism Yankee as his enemy to finnaly be what he is Now.-----Ironically... castro is a hero for many in the world not only Latin America. Sometimes Big nations feel so firm and strong they do not have time to think...If they are doing wrong.
clear n present stranger

Berkeley, CA

#13 Jun 7, 2009
Marie in Miami Fl wrote:
<quoted text>I think the Embargo was the easiest option to take 47 years ago. And not an Invasion to Cuba as well as Usa did in many other countries. In my point of view Latin America has always had an excuse to be anti-american. We all know Castro has worked very hard all these years to mantain an Embargo and spread Social-Communism in America. Do you really think Fidel wants the Embargo Lifted? No he does not. he wants to mantain the Imperialism Yankee as his enemy to finnaly be what he is Now.-----Ironically... castro is a hero for many in the world not only Latin America. Sometimes Big nations feel so firm and strong they do not have time to think...If they are doing wrong.
I agree with you that Castro does not want the embargo lifted, it has served well.

The US needs to lead by example of the beleifs and virtues that make us strong.

We need to drop the embargo and ignore their games and as the quality of life improves from tourism and trade things will change or at least then Cuba will not have the fuel for propaganda it once had.

“America la bella!!”

Since: Jan 07

que Dios te bendiga

#14 Jun 8, 2009
clear n present stranger wrote:
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I agree with you that Castro does not want the embargo lifted, it has served well.
The US needs to lead by example of the beleifs and virtues that make us strong.
We need to drop the embargo and ignore their games and as the quality of life improves from tourism and trade things will change or at least then Cuba will not have the fuel for propaganda it once had.
I agree. We must try. I love Berkeley it's close to my daugther in Oakland...I loved the Shops.
clear n present stranger

Berkeley, CA

#15 Jun 8, 2009
Marie in Miami Fl wrote:
<quoted text>I agree. We must try. I love Berkeley it's close to my daugther in Oakland...I loved the Shops.
I live about 50 mile away but I do like to eat at the restaraunts there. I recently ate at Trattoria Siciliana on College Ave in Elmwood and it was phenominal as usual.

Oliveto's in Oakland MMMMMmmmm!

Gaiao's pizza, Cheeseboard pizza MMMmmmm!

Pete's Coffee, Acme Bread, Thai food, Indian Food, Chez Panisse! MMMmmm!

Monterrey Market, Tokyo Fish Market, Berkeley Bowl, I don't care how crazy they are in Berkeley the food is killer!

“America la bella!!”

Since: Jan 07

que Dios te bendiga

#16 Jun 8, 2009
clear n present stranger wrote:
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I live about 50 mile away but I do like to eat at the restaraunts there. I recently ate at Trattoria Siciliana on College Ave in Elmwood and it was phenominal as usual.
Oliveto's in Oakland MMMMMmmmm!
Gaiao's pizza, Cheeseboard pizza MMMmmmm!
Pete's Coffee, Acme Bread, Thai food, Indian Food, Chez Panisse! MMMmmm!
Monterrey Market, Tokyo Fish Market, Berkeley Bowl, I don't care how crazy they are in Berkeley the food is killer!
I love food in Sf areas. it is really excellent. My daugther is an attorney in SF for 14 years. I visit there very 3 to 4 months. I am flying on July 24 for few weeks. Also I only eat mexican food when I am in SF areas. I never liked it so much until I try it overthere. She takes me to Mission for mexican. I am cuban born but lived in NY 20 years, married to Italian, also looooove Italian food. There is no place for Italian F. like NY..beleive me. I noticed in Oakland the supermarkets have very good bread too and bagels!!!

“CUBA Y PUERTO RICO HERMANOS”

Since: Dec 06

San Juan,Puerto Rico

#17 Jun 8, 2009
Jason Lee wrote:
Another well played hand by the Obama administration.
An excelent played! He is pushing Castro's dictatorship against the ropes!!

“CUBA Y PUERTO RICO HERMANOS”

Since: Dec 06

San Juan,Puerto Rico

#18 Jun 8, 2009
Marie in Miami Fl wrote:
<quoted text>I think the Embargo was the easiest option to take 47 years ago. And not an Invasion to Cuba as well as Usa did in many other countries. In my point of view Latin America has always had an excuse to be anti-american. We all know Castro has worked very hard all these years to mantain an Embargo and spread Social-Communism in America. Do you really think Fidel wants the Embargo Lifted? No he does not. he wants to mantain the Imperialism Yankee as his enemy to finnaly be what he is Now.-----Ironically... castro is a hero for many in the world not only Latin America. Sometimes Big nations feel so firm and strong they do not have time to think...If they are doing wrong.
I really can't understand those Latin American presidents. Castro kick their asses and they ask for more~!Why don't they adopt Castro and move him to an elderly home in one of their countries?

“CUBA Y PUERTO RICO HERMANOS”

Since: Dec 06

San Juan,Puerto Rico

#19 Jun 8, 2009
clear n present stranger wrote:
<quoted text>
Castro was the longest ruling leader in the world when he abdicated his cigar box. He stayed in power simply only because he collected money for being a thorn in our sides. Had we never started an embargo and just ignored him many more people in Central and South America would be pro Democracy instead of pro socialist. It would also have helped not to have supported a few fascist leaders for the benefit of a few American Corporations and to the detriment of the people of several counties. We need to treat our neighbors based on our original philosophies and not like cows to be milked.Promoting healthy capitalism, freedom and Democracy is the answer not keeping peasants in their place for the local landed gentry.
Perhaps,but how can you've ignored a guy who was pointing his nuclear missiles to Florida and to New York?
clear n present stranger

Berkeley, CA

#20 Jun 8, 2009
WE JUST DONT CARE wrote:
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Perhaps,but how can you've ignored a guy who was pointing his nuclear missiles to Florida and to New York?
You can't and we didn't. We helped inflate Castro and Chez guevera's reputations, in essence giving them more credibility and longevity than they ever would have achieved on their own.
clear n present stranger

Berkeley, CA

#21 Jun 8, 2009
Marie in Miami Fl wrote:
<quoted text>I love food in Sf areas. it is really excellent. My daugther is an attorney in SF for 14 years. I visit there very 3 to 4 months. I am flying on July 24 for few weeks. Also I only eat mexican food when I am in SF areas. I never liked it so much until I try it overthere. She takes me to Mission for mexican. I am cuban born but lived in NY 20 years, married to Italian, also looooove Italian food. There is no place for Italian F. like NY..beleive me. I noticed in Oakland the supermarkets have very good bread too and bagels!!!
I've never been to New York, can't wait to eat my way through the City!

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