Political cigars

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Jan 27, 2009 12:10 PM GMT
    In the February 2009 issue of Cigar Aficionado, the magazine's editors call upon President Obama to reconsider and, preferably, end the USAmerican trade embargo against Cuba.

    A summary of the issue can be found here

    Any thoughts from RJ's resident cigar smokers and RJ's non-smokers?

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    I think the embargo is a threat that should have ended years ago as it itself is anti-market and anti-capitalist, making it a hypocritical (and, most importantly, dumbass) tool in fighting dictatorial communism.
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    Jan 27, 2009 6:09 PM GMT
    Obama ran on and won on a platform of engagement. Though it was not of his doing, the Cuban Embargo is a perfect example of the disengagement that characterized Bush's foreign policy: ineffective and costly. Cuba certainly has problems that need to be dealt with. But they aren't any worse than China's or even our own human rights record now being corrected by the present administration.

    But, politically this issue is very volatile. I hope he deals with it in his second term when he isn't concerned about reelection, but his legacy.
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    Jan 27, 2009 6:37 PM GMT
    I have to agree with MunchingZombie. While I believe we need a new approach to the human rights issues in Cuba, I don't believe this is an issue that needs to rank high on the priority list.