May 24 2008

Obama won’t let me go to Cuba?

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Senator Barack Obama on Friday called for greater engagement with Cuba and Latin America, saying the long-standing policies of isolation have failed to advance the interests of the United States or help people who have suffered under oppressive governments.


“Don’t be confused about this. I will maintain the embargo,” Mr. Obama said. “It provides us with the leverage to present the regime with a clear choice: If you take significant steps toward democracy, beginning with the freeing of all political prisoners, we will take steps to begin normalizing relations.”

Yeah, because that policy has proved so successful for the past four decades.

It would be nice, for once, to see a politician with some guts declare that Americans (and not just Cuban Americans with family back in Cuba) should be allowed to travel to Cuba without the fear that they will have to pay a hefty fine upon returning to the United States. That this restriction on travel still exists is remarkable, considering Americans can travel freely to other communist nations such as China, Vietnam, and even North Korea (with the proper visa, of course). What, no political prisoners in those countries?

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