Cuba: Our pet pariah

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Marco Rubio, who promises that he can lead his party and his country into the 21st century, today reiterated his support for a Cuban policy that was initiated under President Dwight David Eisenhower.

Because more than 50 years of estrangement, embargo and isolation have served us all so very well.

Earlier today, President Obama made the official announcement that he would reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba, including opening an embassy in Havana. Even before the announcement came, Rubio was repeating his pledge to block confirmation of any U.S. ambassador whom Obama might appoint, and to also block funding needed for a new U.S. embassy.

Other Republican presidential candidates, from Ted Cruz to Jeb Bush, took a similar stance even though many Republicans and a majority of Cuban Americans now support normalized relations. It’s as if the Cold War had never ended, as if today we don’t have diplomatic relations with China, Russia, Vietnam and other one-time antagonists. Only little Cuba, ninety miles off our coast, still serves as our designated outlaw nation, our pet pariah.

Why? To what conceivable end, other than to satisfy old angers and resentments? We are not, or should not be, the petty nation that some would make us.

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Sam_Hill
Sam_Hill


I think Marco should adopt the Cuba plan advocated by Was Not Was:


"I was attending Mardi Gras with Fidel Castro. Buxom cross dressers threw fake gold coins at our feet
 as we discussed the fate of the revolution.


Suddenly, CIA men dressed in bikinis tried to stab us with fountain pens; Fidel blew mustard gas from his cigar and immobilized the lot of them


19 tequilas later we had a deal: Havana goes back to the mob and Fidel and I open a chain of  Kentucky Fried Chicken shops


Ain't life sweet?
I feel good

I feel better than James Brown
I feel better now
I feel better than James Brown
I feel better now, how do you feel?"


I would have figured Fidel to be a Rum drinker. But I feel better now. 


postcub
postcub

Why are we still doing this?

HELLOO...


Ex-Cubans who just cant "let it go" in a swing state....  

Citizen-of-the-World
Citizen-of-the-World

Cuba! Something to fear! Republicans don't want to let go of the fear. 

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@Citizen-of-the-World Try this. Go to the mall in DC and hold up a sign that says "Obama is a Tyrant" and then go to Havana and hold up a sgin that say  "Castro is a Tryant". You need to go to DC first because you will be executed in Havana. Now if Obama had his way..........

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

The only thing most people can do about unemployment is try to find a job

when they are unemployed. However it is amusing to see people flaunt their

knowledge of how the government statistics are compiled and their hidden

meaning even though the statistics are inconsequential in their day to day 

existence.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

Was the labor participation rate ever an issue before 2010 or so?  Being as it has been falling consistently since around 2000...wonder why that is...

josef
josef

I don't know which "side" in this flag flap is more ridiculous. 


However, it might be a good time to bring up AETNA...carpet diem,eh, Brosephus?  LOL

GaGirl53171875
GaGirl53171875

This Cuba-tantrum by the GOP solidifies their standing as the party of the past.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@InTheMiddle2 @GaGirl53171875

It's in Jay's piece:

pledge to block confirmation of any U.S. ambassador whom Obama might appoint, and to also block funding needed for a new U.S. embassy.

That's the legislative equivalent of a tantrum.

JamVet
JamVet

@GaGirl53171875 

...party of the past.

That is such an accurate way of describing it, GaGirl.

An essay could be written on that topic.

Including the most strident of them who think the word progressive, and it's root, are an epithet...

gotalife
gotalife

U.S. Adds 223,000 Jobs In June; Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.3%


5.5 % is full employment and we can do better if the gop will do something like infrastructure projects.


If you think it is not good enough tell your gop reps to spend baby spend or shut up.

gotalife
gotalife

@LordHelpUs @gotalife  Sometimes I do miss that kook. I mean watching him falling down drunk at the Olympics reminded me of me in my drinking days.He is a happy drunk.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@gotalife Are you referring to the "shovel ready" infrastucture projuects. Obama took care of that years ago remember.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@InTheMiddle2 @gotalife 

Here in Gwinnett, our government was smart enough to take advantage of the situation.  We found many "shovel-ready" jobs, and added a lot of new roads and infrastructure.

If your local government failed to do that, that's between you and them.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@gotalife @LordHelpUs I wish he had spent more time drunk or painting his feet when he was President...woulda' saved the world a bunch of crap...

gotalife
gotalife

@LordHelpUs @gotalife  True. I believe the Iraqis put a curse on him because everything he touched turned to crap. Bad karma.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

Heritage Flag. 


What heritage is derived from a flag that was used to identify the confederate soldiers

from the union soldiers in the heat of battle ? None.


The heritage is that it was used to identify the Southern States that would resist the

school desegregation orders of the Federal Courts.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@barkingfrog I have sad it before and I wll say it again. To those that want to continue to fly the flag. You lost the war, your flag was defeated and no longer deserves a place of prominence. Next time WIN.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@InTheMiddle2 @barkingfrog

To those that want to continue to fly the flag. You lost the war, your flag was defeated and no longer deserves a place of prominence. Next time WIN.

All true, all true, but remember the battle flag isn't even about the stupid Civil War. 

It's about throwing a temper tantrum over having the federal government ordering desegregation in the 1950s and 1960s.

that's the "heritage" those 75% of Southern whites polled by CNN are owning.

[vomit noise]

gotalife
gotalife

False alarm at the Navy yard but security is extremely tight out there. Looks like a police State.

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@gotalife looks like the government is nervous about a 4th of July terrorist attack...  The JV team is ready to attack USA on our own soil...   Thanks Obama

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@OldEngineer  Returned The Executive Branch To Fiscal Responsibility - LIE, can you say $20 trillion in debt...

Brought Much-Improved Transparency and Better Government.  You got to pass the bill to see whats in it...  to name one

I could go on but you won't listen... 

LeninTime
LeninTime

Does anyone among the crowd of Bookman blog regulars who claim to be supporters of capitalism ever actually read the news about the actual workings of the system? The stock market news? The financial press? Policy reports? Anything?

gotalife
gotalife

@LeninTime  Capitalism is here to stay. The captian is right. There is no alternative and we are all in on globalization.

HeadleyLamar
HeadleyLamar

@LeninTime Some good news on the US economic front today so Lenin is all fired up to tell us its a mirage and how much trouble the free market system is in.


Very very predictable. 

Captain-Obvious
Captain-Obvious

@LeninTime Your point?

Show us all another system that has actually worked, Lenin.

Capitalism works. There is no other word with which to describe it.

lvg
lvg

@LeninTime No I just read about all the socialism enacted by the Repubs when they are in the White House and all the tax breaks for the rich and big companies they approve. That gives me a well rounded knowledge of how our system works. Nixon- EPA; Reagan- EMTALA and free phones for the poor; HW- ADA requirements; George W= free Medicare drugs; no doc. home loans; tax breaks for the rich;

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

@lvg well rounded knowledge???  Looks like you have GOP on the brain, boy that must hurt!!!

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@RaindroidWillBoy @HeadleyLamar @LeninTime

I dunno. I see the 25-54 Employment-Population Ratio is holding steady, having trended up somewhat in the last few years. 

(I'm barely better than an idiot when it comes to macroeconomics, but I think that seems probably a more useful/important metric than the much-ballyhooed participation rate stat.)


dbm1
dbm1

@LeninTime 

I support laissez-faire capitalism, which is quite different from the mixed-economy statist system we have now.