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Schmidt Wrote: Watching President Obama's historic trip to Cuba on TV, it should be noted that accompanying Obama on the trip is a contingent of business leaders. However, it is hard to see much progress on American businesses in Cuba until the Republicans relent and lift the embargo. And Republicans won't allow the embargo to be lifted until "democracy" is restored...or so they say. Raul Castro, on the other hand, has said normal relations cannot be restored until both the economic embargo is lifted and the Guantanamo Bay naval base is returned to Cuba.
It was so awesome watching President Obama step foot on Cuba after such a long diplomatic wilderness. It was one of my top five moments of his Presidency.
Sure, the old guard wants to keep a perpetual embargo, but a younger generation who is finally ready to move on from the Cold War may force the Republicans hands. Once more and more people start traveling to Cuba the harder it's going to be for Republicans to stop the inevitable from happening.
I see some real negotiations on the horizon. I think closing the naval base is a nom starter politically speaking. We've had that base for over one hundred years and I just don't see us walking away from it anytime soon. The prison is a separate issue than the base itself, in my opinion and I hope that the prison on the base doesn't become a sticking point in negotiations.
So hopefully President Obama or Hillary Clinton (because Trump will never be elected) will be able to keep moving the ball forward. My guess is that it will take awhile, but we will fully normalize relations with Cuba without forcing them to become a democracy, keep the Naval base, and allow all businesses to operate in Cuba just like we do in countless other Communist countries.
Schmidt Wrote: Obviously there is much work to be done, but I don't see much progress until after our presidential election. Republicans could feel pressure from American businesses, but don't want to "give credit" to Obama for anything. And that is probably what ultimately drives all the Republican thinking...not helping Obama to succeed at anything...spite.
I agree one hundred percent.