Just Like Bush? My ASS. Obama Lifts Cuba Travel Restrictions
by Maryscott OConnor, Mon Apr 13, 2009 at 11:51:53 AM EDT
Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING
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.
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.