Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Isn't It Time To Change Our Cuban Policy?

Travelocity has been fined $182,750 due to their software allowing trips to Cuba that might have benefited Cuban companies. Travelocity claims that it was a software glitch. What if it wasn't? This policy has been in place for forty-five years now and has accomplished nothing other than generating votes from Cuban-Americans in the exile community in Florida.

We fought a hot war with communist Vietnam, now we have normalized relationships. We bankrupted the Soviet Union in an arms race. We have outsourced much of our manufacturing to China.

Yet powerless Cuba, who no longer have a Soviet sponsor, must suffer for domestic politics. It's not about being a fan of Fidel Castro. It's about thinking that the policies of Dwight Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush have done nothing to end the regime of Castro. It Castro does make it to January 2009, he will be watching the 11th President of the US during his reign.

Can one person make a coherent argument why opening up China is a good thing, but this embargo on Cuba is bound to work any day now? Cubans who fled the island around 1960 now have children and grand children who were born in the US. Are they going to all run back to Cuba when Castro's regime falls?

These cronies of the right wing dictator who Castro replaced would sit around Miami forever plotting how they would come back and run things when Castro was killed. Do Cubans who have stuck around all this time really want Americans to run their government no matter what their opinions on Castro?

Give Cubans access to goods, services, technology, information and let them decide if they want to stick with communism. The embargo is a joke that makes Cuban people suffer and our government hypocrites.