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In Cuba-embargo reversal, Hillary Clinton revises history by omission as presidential bid looms

@MarcACaputo

Too bad Florida International University’s latest poll, which showed Miami-Dade Cubans increasingly oppose the embargo of the island nation, didn’t ask respondents just two more questions:

1) Do you favor lifting the embargo only if Cuba holds open and fair elections, releases political prisoners and allows for a free press and labor unions?

2) Does Hillary Clinton need a time machine?

Okay. Maybe No. 2 wouldn’t make the cut.

Now that the erstwhile secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady is plugging her new book and publicly reversing her long-held positions on Cuba, her memory about the embargo, its effect and its history seem a little foggy.

“I recommended to President Obama that he take another look at our embargo,” Clinton writes in her book, Hard Choices. “It wasn’t achieving its goals, and it was holding back our broader agenda across Latin America.”

Putting aside the debate about the embargo’s effectiveness or fecklessness, just what did Clinton want Obama to “look at” and how? If she advocated that Obama try to lift the entire embargo, as reported elsewhere, it doesn’t make much sense.

Obama, or any president, can’t do it alone.

And Clinton can greatly credit one person for that: Bill Clinton, her husband.

As president, Clinton signed The Helms-Burton Act in 1996 just after the Castro regime shot down the spotter planes of Brothers to the Rescue, a Cuban-rafter aid group. Helms Burton essentially “codified” the longstanding embargo by taking a series of executive orders, dating back to 1960, and making it federal law.

To undo the embargo, it takes an act of Congress — no easy feat with this bunch of partisan do-littles.

“Up until the time Bill Clinton signed Helms-Burton, the president could have said unilaterally: ‘I’m lifting the embargo.’ He can’t do that now,” said Robert L. Muse, a Washington attorney and lobbyist who’s both an embargo expert and opponent.

Column here

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D

Who the hell cares what some former first lady says. Since when did being a first lady give you position to comment on anything but how to plan state dinners for your husband.

Jasmine

What century are you in you sexist jerk? Get a grip, she was the Secretary of State and she has all the authority as do all Americans to comment on the affairs of the country.

Carol Toronto

"Our broader agenda" across Latin America is that of Marxist socialism, even though it has been proven in country after country NOT to work, taking away many people's personal freedoms and resulting in the eventual collapse of the economy.
Once the government takes those freedoms away, getting them back is very difficult.

Daisy Penaloza

The embargo is mostly symbolic at this point. The Obama administration has put in place legislation that makes it easy for anyone to travel to Cuba and not suffer repercussions; take for example, the exploits of Beyonce and her entourage. Anyone who travels to Cuba, for other than humanitarian or journalistic reasons, mocks U.S. laws and hurts the pro-democracy efforts in Cuba. Cuba's repression continues, with no strides towards civil liberties, and the misguided want to reward the regime? Ridiculous.

Marilyn

We needn't fear Hildebeast....I truly think that head injury has her going downhill very fast. Otherwise, why would she be beating that dead horse that is causing such laughter on the right about them being DEAD BROKE upon leaving the White House. She just brought that up again. The woman will probably not be able to put together a decent sentence by the next presidential election and even the left will see it.

Remember: If you give them enough rope....

muchacha

The good news is that Cuba has lots of potential.

The bad news is you have to ex-patriate 90% of that pathetic worthless population to make anything work since none of them have ever operated in any sort of real world work environment, or model of self reliance.

Start with the Angolans and move your way down...

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