The Fifth Summit of the Americas started very well with a serious statement from President Barack Obama about “a new beginning with Cuba.”
However, in a press conference at the end of the summit he went back to his old self of wanting to impose dictates on the Cuban people from far away Washington, D.C. He is bound to fail like his ten predecessors.
Here is the report from the Trinidad and Tobago Express titled
“... wants real change in Cuba.”
United States President Barack Obama says that his country's longstanding trade embargo against the Caribbean's only communist state, Cuba, "hasn't worked the way we want it to".
Nonetheless, Obama stood firm on his administration's position that any lifting of the embargo would not occur until Cuba embraces more western democratic principles, such as free elections and the release of political prisoners.
Obama did so during a news conference at the Hilton Trinidad hotel in St Ann's yesterday, after he attended a Fifth Summit of the Americas retreat for all the 34 Heads of State hosted by Prime Minister Patrick Manning at the nearby Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's.
Asked about his support for an end to the trade embargo against Cuba while he was contesting a seat in the US Senate in 2004, Obama said, "Is it while - I was running for Senate. There you go. Look, what I said and what I think my entire administration has acknowledged is, is that the policy that we've had in place for 50 years hasn't worked the way we want it to. The Cuban people are not free. And that's our lodestone, our North Star, when it comes to our policy in Cuba."
We have all heard the old saying about “wanting to have your cake and eat it too.” That seems to me what Barack Obama wants to do.
He wants to keep the embargo and at the same time wants to send Verizon, ATT, and other capitalist telecoms to lay out infrastructure in Cuba. Hold it a second sir, you can't do that because the embargo prohibits you from doing that.
When Obama says “the Cuban people are not free” he is insulting the Cuban people.
What he fails to mention is that the “freedom” that he wants for Cuba is “capitalist freedom” the one that is based on furthering the money interests of United States corporate capitalism.
The “elections” that he wants for Cuba are “money elections” where the guy with the most money always wins.
I do not think that the Cuban people want that. They have chosen Socialism.
If Obama continues to support the embargo, which is a failed policy, according to his own words and those of his Secretary of State, then nothing much will change.