I am so tired of hearing the likes of Bush/McCain say that we are going to SEND THE WRONG MESSAGE to people if we stop acting like arrogant bullies. It seems that the NeoCon message is that America never questions the status quo of American policy, unless that policy is the U.S. Constitution – in that case, we don’t even need consent of the governed to use the Constitution as a napkin to wipe our faces after we devour foreign sovereign countries for snacks.
This from CNN:
At a Tuesday campaign event in Miami, Florida, McCain attacked Obama’s position in favor of a possible relaxation of the Cuban embargo policy and discussions with the leadership of the island nation.
“These steps would send the worst possible signal to Cuba’s dictators — there is no need to undertake fundamental reforms, they can simply wait for a unilateral change in U.S. policy. I believe we should give hope to the Cuban people, not to the Castro regime,” said the presumed Republican nominee, saying the embargo needed to remain in place until the Cuban government
Ron Paul said the same thing about Cuba, (actually, Paul said we should just remove the embargo).
The Neo-Conservative camp feels that economic sanctions (which do not hurt governors as much as the people) give hope to the people. Are we really hoping for “Democratic” change? If so, we should let the Cubans feel like we give them hope by example of prosperity. If they are to see the Americans as friends, and examples of freedom, (instead of oppressors), then they might democratically demand change. If we FORCE change in the world through militarism (Iraq) and economic sanctions (cuba) then we are conquerors and bullies who have no sight as to whom we are hurting.
How good is our aim? How many people are in power in Cuba? For real? Raul Castro? Even if we assume that there are a 1000 people in government in Cuba – we are using economic sanctions against 11 million people. Which means that .009% of the affected are our target. If Raul Castro is the only one in charge then we the number drops to .000009%.
Sounds like we’re almost 100% good at hitting 11 million cubans with sanctions. This is not “giving them hope.” Except – sanctions are really most effective at hitting people who AREN’T in power. The powerful get their needs filled somewhere else. So we are likely hurting innocents, and no one else. With a system that has failed to change Cuba’s mind for 48 years (since October 19, 1960).
IS CUBA A GOOD PLACE? NO.
Whose fault is that? McCain is upset that Cuba has a dictator. He tells his people how it’s gonna be. Good thing we don’t do the same thing to them. Only from outside the country. Our dictation of who can and can’t buy goods from the “good store” is called “free trade.” Our oppression of the will of the people is called “democracy.”
It is unreal that we discourage dictatorial oppression of the Cuban economy and Cuban freedoms with dictatorial oppression of the Cuban economy and Cuban freedoms. As long as we get to dictate, everything is fine.