December 3, 2006

YOU DON'T NEGOTIATE A SURRENDER, JUST ACCEPT IT:

Raul Castro extends olive branch to US (Reuters, December 4, 2006)

Cuba's acting president, Raul Castro, departing from his brother's confrontational approach to their arch-enemy the United States, says he is open for talks with Washington.

The offer made on Saturday was the most direct overture to the United States by Fidel Castro's designated successor, who is running Cuba in the absence of its ailing leader.

Experts on Cuba said the Western hemisphere's only communist country needs to get the United States to lift sanctions enforced since 1962 if it wants to revitalise its battered economy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 3, 2006 5:50 PM
Comments

Cuba is a case study on the positives and negatives of sanctions as an alternative to invasion and war.

Positive: without the US, and despite massive help from the Soviets, Euros, Canadians and Venezuelans, your country will end up a colonial dump, in worse shape than if you'd actually have fought the war.

Negative: The people running the country won't feel a thing, even after 40 years, and have little incentive to change the status quo you help establish and legitimize.


Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 3, 2006 6:26 PM

Lift the sanctions. It would embarrass Hugo Chavez if Cuba dropped the anti-US line. It would alleviate the sufferings of the Cuban people to some extent. They're not bent on getting nukes, like Iran. It would generate some good press-- a "peace" move. And what's the rationale for treating Cuba differently than China?

Posted by: Nathan Smith at December 4, 2006 8:56 AM

As soon as Castro's death is announced, stand back because there'll be stampede to buy property and invest in Cuba. Ex-pats have been waiting for a very long time. Wanna bet that the celebs who've cozied up to Castro will be in the forefront of those looking to make a killing on cheap beachfront properties.

Posted by: erp at December 4, 2006 9:35 AM

The US Marines should land in Havana, and just say that they are looking for proof of life.

Posted by: ratbert at December 4, 2006 10:54 AM

Yes, we should sanction China.

Posted by: oj at December 4, 2006 12:09 PM

--They're not bent on getting nukes, like Iran.--

Or they could lust let the Iranians base them there, like Hugo might.

Posted by: Sandy P at December 4, 2006 12:26 PM
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