OAS revokes 47-year-old suspension of Cuba...Is it time for the US to "get over" Cuba and normalize relations?

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    Jun 04, 2009 12:49 AM GMT
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    OAS on Wednesday revoked a 1962 decision suspending Cuba's membership

    35-member Organization of American States was meeting this week in Honduras

    Hillary Clinton represented U.S. which led push toward the 1962 suspension

    U.S. officials had no immediate comment on the decision

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/06/03/cuba.oas/index.html

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    Jun 04, 2009 6:36 AM GMT
    Yea, I think it's time. One of my chat friend's partner is from Cuba and when the partner goes to Cuba to visit his family, he can't go and that is usually a separation for about a month or so. I do, however, get a little incensed when I see 'human rights' as the center issue because of the ongoing human rights issues here at home. At the very least, if it will make travel and contact between families easier, I am all for it.
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    Jun 04, 2009 9:41 AM GMT
    Yes.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 04, 2009 10:56 AM GMT
    Oy! ..... I live in ground zero of the anti-Cuba homeland
    I know Cubans here had suffered because of Castro
    and I know that Castro is a bastard
    But for How many years have they tried to squeeze him out?
    and it's only backfired in their faces

  • Timbales

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    Jun 04, 2009 11:15 AM GMT
    Cuba doesn't have the infrastructure to handle a sudden influx of Americans looking for a cheap vacation.
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    Jun 04, 2009 11:21 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidCuba doesn't have the infrastructure to handle a sudden influx of Americans looking for a cheap vacation.


    You sure?, the rest of the world has been vactioning there for years, The business owner next door to my work goes there twice a year ( he and his family all have european passports) just fly out of canada.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 04, 2009 11:25 AM GMT
    Cuba happened in large part because of the United States. It's long past time to make change in that part of the world. So much has been missed. So much can be done...
  • Bunjamon

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    Jun 04, 2009 12:33 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidCuba doesn't have the infrastructure to handle a sudden influx of Americans looking for a cheap vacation.


    It does have a HUGE tourist infrastructure there, though. Everyone I know and their cousins go to Cuba for spring break because it's so cheap. A lot of them said that if Americans also started vacationing in Cuba that they would stop going, because they find American tourists so obnoxious. icon_confused.gif

    I think it's definitely time restrictions on Cuba be lifted. Things there are very different from how they were 50 years ago.
  • Timbales

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    Jun 04, 2009 12:39 PM GMT
    Bunjamon said
    Timberoo saidCuba doesn't have the infrastructure to handle a sudden influx of Americans looking for a cheap vacation.


    It does have a HUGE tourist infrastructure there, though. Everyone I know and their cousins go to Cuba for spring break because it's so cheap. A lot of them said that if Americans also started vacationing in Cuba that they would stop going, because they find American tourists so obnoxious. icon_confused.gif

    I think it's definitely time restrictions on Cuba be lifted. Things there are very different from how they were 50 years ago.


    I read an article that compared the statistics of the current tourism there and compared it to other, nearby locations that Americans do travel and it said that Cuba didn't have the infrastructure to support the influx of Americans that would want to go there, especially when you factored in the 'newness' of Cuba to the majority of Americans. They cited the number of rooms available at hotels, plus the government sanctioned guest houses, the restaurants, etc. It also talked about how the hospitality standards are not what Americans are accustomed to. I'll have to see f I can find the article.
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    Jun 04, 2009 12:58 PM GMT
    well could any infrastructure cope with a massive overload. Cuba is a popular holiday destination in Spain and in Latin America. I see the posters in Santiago a lot.
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    Jun 04, 2009 1:23 PM GMT
    Yeah it's about time. I'm often amused and amazed at our foreign policy.

    We engage the Chinese who have nuclear weapons pointed at us. And heck practically import almost everything sold here from them in the bargain. And do we engage the Cubans? hell no! that little itty bitty island we place embargoes icon_rolleyes.gif