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Cuba's revival could be near

Posted Wednesday, February 20, 2008, at 9:26 AM

Fidel Castro's fading away.

Is this the time for Bombastic Bush -- oops, I mean President Bush -- to blast Cuba into submission so the Republicans can ride military victory to electoral victory in November?

Do we even have enough forces around America to handle Cuba at this point, or are too many tied down too much in the Middle East?

Or should we just sit back and let time and an emerging new generation of Cubans, as seen in Tuesday's network newscasts, take over and implement democracy with subtle help from the U.S.?

Money talks. Cuba is a prime tourist destination for Canadians, which don't face the same restrictions as U.S. citizens. And more dollars could mean a better way of life for Cubans if oppressive leadership gets an attitude adjustment. Suppose things could be changed enough so U.S. citizens could return?

And it looks like 'lil brother Raul isn't as hardline as his brother.

I could almost see something like Russia in '89 and '90 eventually occurring -- where the majority of common folks have guts enough to take on an established Communist regime and those leaders back down. At the same time

Regardless, I'm one of those who feels the U.S. needs to step in some way -- not neccessily with guns and ammo -- at a time when Cuba may be vulnerable to change. A country so close to our borders should be aligned with us.

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Raul Castro formally named Cuba's new leader.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Feb 24, 2008, at 8:56 PM

Because the Clinton's spent more time fixing AMERICA'S PROBLEMS, rather than delving into International problems.

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 3:28 PM

I never knew why we kept this cold-war stuff going with Cuba. We should have sought normalization MANY years ago.

I wonder why the Clintons never did that? Cuba was probably lucky there was somewhere else to send a missile during the Lewinsky ordeal.

Could not help myself, since a DIG was made about another President.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 3:25 PM

The U.S won't step in, unless there is some sort of business profit to be made during the events...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 3:17 PM

Look, Why do we need to be involved, let them decide for theirselves. I do not understand why the United States has to be involved in anything not related to us? I guess our excuse would be the cigars? Or the factories that Castro took from the United States 45 years ago. ROFL, and we did NOTHING about it.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 12:06 PM

"Money talks. Cuba is a prime tourist destination for Canadians"

This is so true. My mom's side of the family is Canadian and one of my cousins has been to Cuba a few times, and another told me that so many Canadians go to Cuba that it's like every time you turn around either someone is getting ready to go or they are coming back. The cousin who has gone told me that she goes because it's super cheap - the ticket is fairly cheap as are lodging and just general things once you are there. I can't express how jealous I am that they get to go to Cuba, as I've always wanted to go.

-- Posted by cfrich on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 11:08 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.