In December 2014 President Obama ordered the restoration of full democratic relations with Cuba. The order lifted a 54 year old trade embargo and eased restrictions on banking and American’s travel to the country. Proponents of relations with Cuba argue that U.S. influence through tourism and trade will promote capitalism and weaken its communist regime. Opponents argue that trade and diplomatic relations will only strengthen the communist regime’s grip on the Cuban government.
That is because Obama is stupid. Cuba did their own thing and wanted to be on their own. Let them suffer and fail until they realize they need us and decide to become part of the USA as a state. In turn, we can enforce the same laws and so forth over there as here and build a base there.
Yes, and it should have been done years ago. We should have had a McDonalds in Havana the day after the Russians cut off foreign aid to them. There is no argument for not doing so...if we can overlook the human rights violations of China, our largest trading partner, we can do so with Cuba. Cuba represents a new market for American products and services, which is good for our economy. Further isolationism will gain nothing (how's that working out with North Korea?).
Yes, the domino effect that was touted in the 50's for communism has proven to be a farce. We have dealings with countries with dictators who have been added to humanitarian watch lists for the things they do to their own citizens. Bring on the cigars and classic cars.
I am uncertain if this was a good thing, but I have seen evidence that trade encourages social changes. I have also seen them create conflicts of interest. I think, as long as they're willing to open trade in a more democratic way and offer their people greater freedoms, then yes. But if not, if this was not the case, then trading with them does not help us.
The USA should stop bullying other countries and focus its efforts on fixing what’s broken here. Set an example for other countries to follow, and stop waging war and nurturing destructive behavior because it suits our financial and political gain. It’s disgusting and immoral.
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