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May 20, 2008

McCain's 100 year embargo of Cuba
Posted by Max Bergmann

John McCain today attacked Barack Obama for recognizing the obvious - our Cuba policy is a gigantic waste of time. It has achieved NOTHING in more than 50 years. Castro was able to leave on his own terms. Our policy has made the United States irrelevant in Cuba, while other countries are investing billions - China is even drilling off Cuba's coast.  Our policy has done more to shore up Cuba's dictatorship than it has to undermine it by providing Fidel with a useful scapegoat for Cuba's economic woes. The Council on Foreign Relations just released a bipartisan independent task force on Latin America that said "the United States should initiate a series of steps, with the aim of lifting the embargo against Cuba."

Yet John McCain wants to continue this policy and is in favor of the Bush administration's approach, which tightened the embargo after the Clinton administration loosened restrictions on agricultural trade and travel restrictions. This is either a clear case of more pandering from John McCain (this time directed towards the Miami Cubans) or another clear indication that John McCain has the same broken foreign policy as George Bush.



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This is either a clear case of more pandering from John McCain (this time directed towards the Miami Cubans) or another clear indication that John McCain has the same broken foreign policy as George Bush.

Why not both?

One would think that, given the US public's general disenchantment with the policies (foreign or domestic) of the GW Bush Administration - and still more vis-a-vis their execution - that Sen. McCain would at least make some sort of effort to differentiate his own vision (assuming that he actually has one). One would think.


McCain also told a blatant lie in the presence of reporters, none of whom called him on it. He said Obama wanted to "sit down for an unconditional meeting with Raul Castro." This has been reported in numerous press outlets today, including NPR, and NONE of them bothered to note that Obama had never said that.

Bush scorned and ignored the advice of allies. McCain will listen respectfully to such advice, then ignore it.

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This is either a clear case of more pandering from John McCain (this time directed towards the Miami Cubans) or another clear indication that John McCain has the same broken foreign policy as George Bush.
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