Just Like Bush? My ASS. Obama Lifts Cuba Travel Restrictions

Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING


 Huffington Post:

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is allowing Americans to make unlimited trips and money transfers to family in Cuba and easing other restrictions Monday to usher in a new era of openness toward the island nation ruled by communists for 50 years.

The formal announcement was being made at the White House Monday afternoon, during presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs' daily briefing with reporters, a senior administration official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity before the announcement.

With the changes, Obama aims to lessen Cubans' dependence on the Castro regime, hoping that will lead them to demand progress on political freedoms, the official said. About 1.5 million Americans have relatives on the island nation that turned to communist rule in 1959 when Fidel Castro seized control.

Jesus fucking christ, it is about goddamned time.

That's one longstanding failed policy down, eleventy-thousand more to go.

Failed Drug War, anyone?

I see Lousy Immigration Policy on the horizon...

How about the Ludicrous Prison System?

I'm not holding out much hope for prosecuting war crimes, but maybe. Just maybe. The man obviously has a conscience, but I have a feeling his canny, pragmatic and above all political savvy might just be leaving that till his second term. Ah, well. I've got my complaints, and they're serious motherfucking complaints, but...

Still. Jesus. It's goddamned amazing to be seeing all these long-awaited and above all SENSIBLE steps being enacted so freaking SWIFTLY by this so-called "centrist." I've seen him do more positive shit in less than 90 days than I could EVER have dreamed possible.

Go ahead, my dear "leftist," Free Mumia, disrupt-every-peace-rally-I've-ever-been -to-with-your-own-agenda types. Go ahead and tell me he's Just Another Bush in Disguise. Go ahead and tell me he's Just the Same Old Corporatist. I'll be over here, eating some "Change Has Most Definitely Come" cake.

Eat it.

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That Commie Socialist Left Wing Bastard!

Hell, I am going to call Beck and Hannity to express my outrage of us coddling a Communist country, but got to do down to Wal-Mart and by a bucket load of cheap crap imported from Communist China, our largest trading partner....

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-13 12:02PM | 0 recs
Don't forget fascist re-educating nazi stalinist.

by Maryscott OConnor 2009-04-13 02:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Now

that's a bit more like what I come here for.


by QTG 2009-04-13 03:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Just Like Bush?

No, he isn't. This is a step in the right direction but from a Latin American perspective, this is just a small step. Lift the embargo and treat Cuba fairly and then you have something to really crow about.

I'll look at the LATAM press and see what's being said but my guess that in Latin America at least this won't suffice.

by Charles Lemos 2009-04-13 04:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Just Like Bush?

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  And it is this President who finally took that step.  About time someone did it I say.

by GFORD 2009-04-13 10:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Just Like Bush?

It takes time to build enough public trust to make a move like that. He's moving slowly but steadily in the right direction. The fact that we continue to GET news like this coming almost out of nowhere is a good sign of what the future holds.

I'd rather see these policies done right than done immediately. But I also love that we're finally seeing the left assert itself at a time when we can actually affect things. 'Tis why I like being on our side. We have plenty of people who aren't unafraid to get angry at our own. I'm not one of them, but I like that it's happening.

by vcalzone 2009-04-13 11:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Just Like Bush?

IMO, "suffice" is a tough bar to meet, and possibly the wrong one. If we ever get to the point where the LATAM press (or any coalition) says "cool, we can't think of anything else we'd like", he's probably gone too far.

I play a lot of online games where the admins have to balance the needs of vociferous and hotly opposed factions. The most workable rule of thumb I've seen, paradoxically, is that when everyone is unhappy, things are just about balanced. If one side is grinning, you have almost certainly screwed the other.

It does raise the question of how to valuate changes like this. Is their "worth" entirely subjective? Is there an objective standard?

by Neef 2009-04-14 07:15AM | 0 recs
This captures

my feelings perfectly:

Ah, well. I've got my complaints, and they're serious motherfucking complaints, but...Still.

I think the whole "Obama = Bush" meme is misguided. Criticism is important, because we want to maintain pressure from the Left. However, "Obama = Bush" is something Newt Gingrich is pushing. So, we have two possibilities:

1-Newt is applying pressure from the Left, or
2-"Obama = Bush" serves the ends of the Right.

Option #1 is just flatly ridiculous, so clearly Newt (a canny individual) believes #2. I think it behooves us to show America they made the right choice in choosing a Dem, not convince them they made the wrong choice.

by Neef 2009-04-14 07:35AM | 0 recs
Of course, it is #2

The Republicans are dragging a boat-anchor, the last 8 years of Bush/Cheney rule.

SOMEHOW, they have to make Iraq and the Economy Obama's, because right now, a majority are giving Obama the benefit of the doubt for the huge hole he has to dig us out of.

Like Taxes and Deficits?

Just because Bush kept War spending off the books and Obama is being honest and putting it on DOESN'T let Bush off the hook for being the FIRST President ever to cut taxes and fight a war.

Newt, et all, the Tea Bagging Army HAVE to switch the conversation, pretend the GWB did nothing, and all this mess was created by Obama in less then 100 days....

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-14 07:40AM | 0 recs

and the smarter Repubs are trying to toss their boat anchor into our laps.

by Neef 2009-04-14 07:47AM | 0 recs
Lucky we have smart guys....

I would be worried, but between Obama, Rahm, and the rest of the team (let's forget Larry Summers for a minute) I can't see the brain power of the Republicans outflanking us?

Eric Cantor?  John the Boner?  Mitch McConnell?

Hell, I am more worried about Evan "Hey, I'm Mister Bi-Partisan, that is why I always side with the Republicans" Bayh watering down legislation and THEN letting the Republicans have a win-win.

Weaker means less effective, and they can STILL claim they were against it.

Clearly, the media is still brain-dead and fall for the same rhetorical tricks, but I find the average person seeing Obama out there VISIBLE, and not slaughtering the English Language, working hard.

He still has the wind at his back, and sometimes little things like 3 dead-nuts-on Navy Snipers each hitting a target the size of a half-dollar in a rolling sea can keep that wind blowing for a while.

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-14 08:20AM | 0 recs


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