The Shifting Politics of Cuba Policy

With the views of Cuban-Americans evolving, Washington no longer faces the same political backlash for strengthening ties to the island.
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Al Gore did not lose Florida due to the Elian gonzalez shameful abduction by the old exile community, but because Jeb manipulations of the polls.

4 2018-07-29 06:39:49 - oscar alvarez

Huber, you make sense until your last sentence.

Israel lives under siege and threat of annihilation but is democratic and clearly no more a repressive state like North Korea than the United States (which is also democratic, although perhaps imperfectly so like Israel.

I suggest that you confront your biases, and take a lengthy trip to Israel----and while there open your eyes and look around to see life there as it actually is. Then visit its neighbors, Syria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia for a reality check.

1 2017-06-24 21:46:02 - Michael Richter

The embargo has been a financial success for those Cubans fortunate enough to make it to the US. Under the law, they receive unique and highly favorable treatment, including immediate cash benefits that are more than most Cubans make in ten years, granting of permanent residency a year after arrival, as well as eligibility for government benefits, such as Medicaid, supplemental social security income, and child care.

Meanwhile, if the embargo is lifted and we resume normal relations, of 11 million currently residing in Cuba, 8 million most probably want to move to Miami.

1 2017-06-22 20:34:17 - Daniel F. Solomon

It's unbelievable how inept and hypocritical the different branches of our government are! As long as we have reelection for politicians, we'll never have a decent government. Our government don't worry whether we normalize relations with Cuba or not. Its integrants worry about being reelected. Whether to go to war, or building products for the DOD or anything else, our Congress is going to go along with things like that in order to get money for their reelection. Even the Supreme Court went along with giving a big companies the same status as an individual. Since a long time ago our government is rotten to the bone. Common sense tells you that we could have finished with the Castros a long time ago if we didn't break diplomatic relations. A group of Cubans hijacked our foreign policy regarding Cuba and we had to swallow it whether we liked it or not. Cuban were corrupt since long before Castro so, what's the difference now? Maybe because the were not as free to rob in Cuba as before...

1 2017-04-17 14:42:59 - John Pozzerle

We don't have a free rein in Near-Eastern affairs because of the Israeli lobby. We don't have a free rein in Cuban relations because of the Cuban lobby.
We don't have a free rein in immigration policies because of Latino lobbies.
Pretty soon, the State Department will need to form a committee of political lobbies to advise it.
What I am decrying is the lack of autonomy of the government, of any political shade, to decide what is best for the country, not what its policies would eventually be on these matters.

5 2017-02-19 06:00:06 - Frank

Clinton has no "view" that isn't poll-tested so I guess we will see the US swarm and return to the "good ol' days" of grasping capitalism, philistinism,, American style "health care: in place of the excellent health care afforded to all Cubans and exported to the other countries of Latin America, not to mention being in the front lines of the developing world's innumerable heath crises, now Ebola, while the people have their land claimed by the sugar oligarchs stewing away in Miami for 50 years. If Trump can stay out of bankruptcy expect to see the garish piece of narcissism rise over the harbor. I weep for the "coming Cuba."

2 2016-12-25 07:28:47 - william

Wild-eyed Liberals love ALL communist countries - of course the NYT loves Cuba.

But those same Liberals would be thrown into a political prison for publishing this same article in Cuba.

Liberal don't do very well at logic - don't listen to them..........

0 2016-12-22 21:11:16 - PerryM

So--I can visit and trade with Egypt, China, and Vietnam but not Cuba, all because of a bunch of émigrés who live in the past?

10 2016-12-04 20:51:56 - VW

The damage is done. The Castros now seem a dinasty. If USA does not lift the embargo, they simply continue to control people, without freedom, counting on Venezuelan oil (the problem is their disciples in Venezuela have broken the country's economy and oil production is declining). If USA lifts the embargo, they are going to try to transtion to a China-like system, with an open economy but without freedom. This is the sad truth. In this world principles do not matter, only business (remember Tiananmen).

2 2016-11-01 12:34:03 - yomismo
I do not often agree with your editorials, but this one was on the mark. In fact, our approach to Iran as well as Cuba is irrational: both humiliated us, and it has been politically difficult to set that aside. But communist Vietnam not only humiliated us, it defeated us in the field - and please, no comments about "never on the battlefield" - I was there with the Marines, and they were simply more willing to die for longer periods of time than we were. But we have normal diplomatic relations with Vietnam & a lot of economic interaction, and if we can have that with a country that kicked our butt, why not with Cuba - and Iran, for that matter?
4 2016-10-27 14:48:12 - Alan Sabrosky

Send thousands of happy, prosperous, free and open handed Cuban Americans to visit and give gifts to their relatives. The Castro government will have to impose their own embargo to keep the free Americans out just as East Germany had to keep out the free West Germans. We have been doing Cuba's dirty work for over sixty years.
I mean, how dumb can you get?

3 2016-10-24 09:12:50 - carlyle 145

Well, we may be about a half century late. But, as is said. 'better late than never.'

2 2016-10-19 17:25:12 - David Chowes

To continue:
Quoted sections form Wikipedia.

The revolution to overthrow Batista was led by Castro, and once the gangsters were thrown out, and relations with the U.S. deteriorated even more, the Castro government nationalized the American industries. It is the same story as Iran and The Philippines, , just a different place.

American industry going into a country, creating jobs, then treating the workers like serfs. Even worse, in Cuba, the Cosa Nostra ran all the hotels, had casinos. J Edgar Hoover and Myer Lansky would vacation together in Havana. Lansky was known as the mobs accountant.

So a communist firebrand takes over Cuba, and it could have been prevented with some government reforms.

"Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy believed that Eisenhower's policy toward Cuba had been mistaken. He criticized what he saw as use of the U.S. government influence to advance the interest and increase the profits of private U.S. companies instead of helping Cuba to achieve economic progress, saying that Americans dominated the island's economy and had given support to one of the bloodiest and most repressive dictatorships in the history of Latin America. "We let Batista put the U.S. on the side of tyranny, and we did nothing to convince the people of Cuba and Latin America that we wanted to be on the side of freedom".[21]"

58 2016-09-27 14:35:07 - David Underwood

One can only hope that this is the case.

1 2016-09-20 08:40:06 - loberg

China moment? We have nothing at stake in Cuba thanks, in part, to Nixon's China moment meant to increase pressure on the Soviet Union's military and economy...which, again in part, resulted its collapse.

What exactly do we have to gain right now by bolstering the Cuban government. Why is the New York Times on a campaign on this mater - Three editorials in one month. Can't they find anything better to write about?

0 2016-09-13 15:45:44 - Danny B

US standing in the entire world, not only in Cuba, would be so much better if the government would follow a DFR policy, that's 'Decency in Foreign Relations'. Let me remind you about US congressman William C. Fulbright and his message in "the arrogance of power". I wish everyone would take the time to read it. Today, almost twenty years after his death, being an allied of the US is getting all the time more of an embarrassment.
O.Moltumyr, Norway

3 2016-09-10 01:42:57 - Øyvin Moltumyr

Our policy towards Cuba reflects the pathetic yet powerful impact a small special interest group can have in this country.

The U.S. policy towards Cuba is 35 years overdue. Yes, they were a thorn in our side and reminder that sometimes being the most powerful doesn't mean that you get your way. So let's loosen up and make amends...berfore the Chinese buy the entire place.

4 2016-09-03 06:57:31 - Richard L

The embargo, when the United States trades with China, seems foolish at best. What is going to happen when the Castros passaway Will Cuban Americans demand their property in Cuba back? Will Cubans who lived through the embargo agree or tell them what they can do with their demands? Whatever is the case, the United States should stay out of the fight that is probably coming.

2 2016-08-17 01:30:53 - Daniel A. Greenbum

I doubt that the "deeply personal" Cuban-American issues keep the US from reaching out to Cuba. We repaired our relations with Vietnam ,with whom we had a long drawn war. Why not Cuba? After all, Cuban Americans are not representative of Hispanics in the US; Mexican and Central Americans are. Why doesn't the federal government address their "deep personal" issues first? I resent having Cuban-Americans calling the shots. Let's move forward and do what we need to do. Reach out to Cuba and establish more business and cultural opportunities for ALL.

9 2016-08-12 04:11:21 - AyCaray

Couldn't agree more!

"Our Policy on Cuba has been wrong starting with the Bay of Pigs."
Absolutely. Kennedy chickened out at the last minute and left us in the lurch!

"We need to respect other people's rights of self-determination."
And demand that the Cuban people's right of self-determination be respected, as in for example, having a say on who governs the farm.

"Certainly Cuba today reflects greater economic and social equality than our own country."
True. Other than one small family (and members of their close circle) with private jets, a maximum-security estate, their own bank in London (look up Havin International) and absolute power over the lives of 11 million servants, everyone else in the island is equally poor.

1 2016-08-11 14:00:34 - Luis Saltiel

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