12/13/13 - The Seattle Times (blog) - Our relationship with Cuba
President Obama should not be reaching out
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, left, watches as President Barack Obama
shakes hands with Cuba's President Raul Castro Ruz during the memorial
service for former South African president Nelson Mandela Tuesday. (AP
The president's action shows a change in our relationship with Cuba
["Obama busy at Mandela service," News, Dec. 11].
I do not believe that Cuba is at a stage where we should be reaching out to
them. Cuba is still controlled by a communist dictator. As a country that
actively fights against communism, the United States should not be opening
up further relations with Cuba. The United States still has a trade embargo
with Cuba. President Obama has already started opening Cuba up to more U.S.
tourists. While we may believe further relations with Cuba would help the
Cuban people, our actions only help to tighten Castro's hold on his
Our president as leader of the Free World should not be acknowledging Raul
Castro. Until Castro releases his tyrannical role as dictator of Cuba, we
cannot be willing to acknowledge Cuba.
- Elizabeth Webster, Snohomish
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