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AP: U.S., Cuba to Establish Diplomatic Relations

The United States and Cuba have agreed to establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, the Associated Press is reporting.

According to AP:

The announcement comes amid a series of new confidence-building measures between the longtime foes, including the release of American Alan Gross, as well as a swap for a U.S. intelligence asset held in Cuba and the freeing of three Cubans jailed in the U.S.

President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro were to separately address their nations around noon Wednesday. The two leaders spoke by phone for more than 45 minutes Tuesday, the first substantive presidential-level discussion between the U.S. and Cuba since 1961.

Wednesday’s announcements follow more than a year of secret talks between U.S. and Cuban officials in Canada and the Vatican. U.S. officials said Pope Francis was personally engaged in the process and sent separate letters to Obama and Castro this summer urging them to restart relations.

Obama will announce the moves at noon today from the White House. I will live stream his remarks.

According to USA Today, news of the Cuba announcement drew criticism from anti-Castro Republicans and some Democrats:

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., a Democrat and the outgoing chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said “President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, a Republican and a long-time critic of Cuba’s government, said the U.S. and Cuba are talking about new trade and banking ties, and the prospect of a U.S. embassy in Havana.

Rubio, a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016, and other Republicans said the Obama administration should demand democratic reform in Cuba before making any concessions.

“I don’t think we should be negotiating with a repressive regime to make changes in our relationship” until Cuba changes, said Jeb Bush, a former governor of Florida and another prospective Republican presidential candidate.

30 Responses to AP: U.S., Cuba to Establish Diplomatic Relations

  1. Look for another Cuban invasion of the US as millions try to flee the horrible conditions of their country and some to unite with their relatives.
    South Florida will be Havana North, just as California is Mexico North.

      • “How soon before they all get citizenship and vote for the Democrats?” – Mandy Manners

        Like they don’t vote for Democrats now, who checks voting roles for little things like “citizenship” these days…

          • Scorched earth. And the Republicans will not do one damned thing to stop it. Oh perhaps when the embers have died down and there is no longer any danger to them or the cronies.

    • Two more years Mandy………
      No telling what we are going to end up with.
      He doesn’t care anymore because he doesn’t have to please anybody to get re-elected.
      This prick is determined to destroy this Country and we are stuck with a congress that is afraid of him and his regime.

  2. Hmm, bad for the nation, divisive, rewards an oppressive nation for its continued bad behavior, and adds yet another distraction for the incoming Congress that can’t do or say anything about it in this news cycle… From Obama’s point of view, what’s not to like?

    You DO know you’re being punished for voting those nasty ‘publicans in also, right? He really took that kinda personal, and he’s just a little vindictive sometimes…

    It does make sense, however, in that while they haven’t modified their behavior towards us, there’s NO question we’ve been moving rapidly in THEIR direction. There’s way too much to get into, but I thought I’d offer a “coming attractions” for Obamacare based on our new best freind’s philosipies…

    “Cuba makes nearly $8 million annually on the labor of its doctors, who earn funds from the World Health Organization and other nations for their work providing medical care abroad but are in turn paid a state salary of about $64 a month, Breitbart reports.

    While Cuba’s export of its health teams has earned praise, Breitbart calls the practice “medical slavery.” It cites the writing of Cuban political observer Mary Anastasia O’Grady, who in a column for The Wall Street Journal noted that Cuban doctors have been forced to migrate to Sierra Leone and Guinea to work, which she described as a type of human trafficking. If they refuse, their families are threatened as their precious state jobs are cut off and their children are denied admission to the nation’s few state-run universities, she alleges.”

    Oh well. Obama está mal otra vez. At least he’s consistent about that, and you can’t really hold it against him, it’s who he is. Most nations get the leader they deserve, and our countrymen seem to have a willful ignorance about this guy; so here we are and here we’ll stay until that changes or the Lord comes…

    “But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can’t last.”
    ― Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451”

    It can’t, and it will end badly. As it always does.

    There’s a preacher in Ecclesiastes who constantly says there’s nothing new under the sun. This is no different. You can read about our current arc in any book on human history; in Greek, Latin, French, German, Russian, and many Middle Eastern languages, among many, many others. Government always gets too big then turns on its own; then the bleeding starts….

    We’re no different. I weep for our children.

    • Go it alone.

      As I said earlier he has moved from governing with Congress, to EOS by pen and phone, to Memoranda.

      Next up the 140 character diktats by tweet.