Monday, February 23, 2009

Lugar Wants to End Cuban Embargo

Chalk up another effigy to burn on Calle Ocho:

The U.S. policy of shunning communist Cuba by imposing a strict trade embargo has failed to prod the island nation toward democracy and should be re-evaluated, according to the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“We must recognize the ineffectiveness of our current policy and deal with the Cuban regime in a way that enhances U.S. interests,” wrote Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., in a report dated Monday.

The report lends new weight to a bipartisan view in Congress that Raul Castro’s rise to power has opened a window for U.S.-Cuban relations.

President Barack Obama has promised a fresh look at the U.S. policy. He says he would be open to meeting with Castro, who took over as Cuba’s president for his ailing brother, Fidel. Obama also supports easing limitations on the number of visits and the amount of money sent to Cuba by family members in the U.S.

Those Republicans from states that could sell a lot of agricultural products to Cuba are really just commie-pinkos at heart. Or so they’ll tell you in some circles here in Miami.