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Thursday, January 25, 2007


The "wisdom" of the blockade of Cuba

I need readers' help, because I'm really puzzled by this [Emphasis added to emphasize my puzzlement]:
In an interview with Bloomberg in Washington Wednesday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez ruled out any easing of the U.S. trade and travel embargo on Cuba until after all remnants of the Fidel Castro regime are removed from power.

Gutierrez said Castro's frail health and the prospect for political change in the island nation make this the wrong time to adjust restrictions on American trade, investment or travel.

"We should not change our policy; we should not change our law, especially now that there is change in the air," Gutierrez said. "We have seen over a long period of time that there is real wisdom in our policy."
I quite literally have no idea what this man could mean by that last sentence. Does he mean that after the "long period" of 48 years, the U.S. policy has been proven right in finally bringing down Fidel Castro...by natural causes (albeit not yet)? Is he asserting that that 1960 State Department document describing the blockade as intended to "bring about hunger and desperation" in the Cuban people has been a whopping success?

Or is this guy just a graduate of the Dick Cheney "we've had enormous successes in Iraq" school?

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