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Ron Paul: Diplomatic Relations with Cuba Now 


by Alana Semuels
LA Times
January 27, 2012

Ron Paul took a risky position in Florida in Thursday’s debate, calling for communication and diplomatic relations with Cuba, saying that people’s positions have changed dramatically over the last few years.

Paul said that Cuba isn’t going to invade the U.S. any time soon, and that Americans weren’t looking under their beds anymore, worried. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich followed by pledging to continue the economic embargo on Cuba and to take any action short of military invasion to upend the government of Raul Castro.

Paul’s position is a potentially dangerous one in Florida, a state with a influential voting bloc of conservative Republicans from Cuba who have long favored aggressive policies toward Havana.

But a study of Cuban American voters in Florida suggests that Paul might be right, and that voters’ opinions about Cuba are changing. Support for tightening the embargo dropped by roughly half between 2004 and 2008, according to a study by Benjamin Bishin, a UC Riverside professor.

Cuban Americans’ support for easing the embargo increased to 43.4%, from 26.7% in 2004, and support for easing travel restrictions increased to 47.4% from 32.9%, Bishin found.  “Cuban Americans’ attitudes on issues of U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba seems to be in transition,” he wrote in a 2009 study.

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Response to Ron Paul: Diplomatic Relations with Cuba Now

  1. Norman

    How does it go; 1 small step for man, 1 giant step for mankind? In this case, it’s time this country caught up to the 21st century, got out of the old way of thinking, got the hell out of every foreign country on earth, rebuilt this nation. It doesn’t mean that the country is turning into a useless one, indeed, it will regain its place among the nations as not the war monger, but as the innovator that made it great. The so called melting pot that garnered the individuals who made this nation the industrial powerhouse, that unfortunately was turned into the mess we see today. The infrastructure is falling apart, being kept running by piecemeal repairs, while special interests siphon off the moneys desperately needed to better this once proud nation. That the government has embraced a criminal mentality, goes without saying. It’s undeniably important that change takes place before the total collapse befalls the nation. If there is an armed revolution or a bloody Military Coup, all bets are off that the nation won’t end up a smoking ruin, perhaps what many European nations looked like after W.W.II. If that happens, I seriously doubt that China, Russia, India will install a Marshal plan to rebuild the U.S.A. The clock is ticking, it’s later than you might think.

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