In a sense, the policy shift is an admission that a half-century of American policy aimed at trying to push the Castros out of power has not worked â€” as the Cuban American National Foundation, the most powerful lobbying group for Cuban exiles in Miami, conceded last week.
Even the Exiles know the policy has failed.
This sums it up well:
Dorgan Praises Obama's New Cuba Policy
USAgNet - 04/14/2009
U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota issued a statement Monday on President Obama's new Cuba policy which eases travel rules for Cuban-Americans. Dorgan has introduced the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act to end the travel ban to Cuba, and has been a leading proponent to allow U.S. agricultural goods access to the Cuban marketplace.
"These new Cuba policies to ease travel restrictions are steps in the right direction, and I commend the Administration for making these important changes," said Dorgan. "But more needs to be done. We should also immediately eliminate the roadblocks that the Bush Administration put in place to make it harder for farmers to sell food to Cuba.
"I also believe the embargo should be ended. When a policy has failed for nearly 50 years, it is time to change the policy. The best way to undermine the Castro regime and promote freedom for the Cuban people is through engagement by way of trade and travel, just as we do with China, Vietnam, and other communist countries," he said. "I applaud President Obama for determining that we need a change in our failed Cuba policy, and I will continue to support efforts to open up Cuba where the Castro regime has been operating for 50 years."
And from the right earlier this year:
GOP Senator Calls for U.S. to Rethink Cuba Policy
The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the longtime policy of blockading the island nation hasn't brought down communism.
AP Sunday, February 22, 2009
The U.S. policy of shunning communist Cuba by imposing a strict trade embargo has failed to prod the island nation toward democracy and should be re-evaluated, according to the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
"We must recognize the ineffectiveness of our current policy and deal with the Cuban regime in a way that enhances U.S. interests," wrote Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., in a report dated Monday.
mlfun remains perfect at being wrong.