Monday, April 13, 2009
Like America’s failed ‘War on Drugs,’ our failed policy of embargoes have had absolutely no affect on toppling Castro’s dictatorial hold on the island nation, located a mere 90 miles south of Key West, FL.
But a new poll shows that two-thirds of Americans think the U.S. should lift the travel ban on Cuba and three-quarters think the U.S. should end its five-decade estrangement with the country and reestablish diplomatic relations.
As is often the case, the American people are way ahead of their government when it comes to Cuba.
And the Obama administration has signaled new rules on family travel and remittances to Cuba may be announced before the president goes to the Summit of the Americas on April 17.
A group of senators and other supporters unveiled a bill March 31 to lift the 47-year-old travel ban to Cuba.
The travel ban allows a limited number of U.S. citizens to visit Cuba, but they must apply for special licenses to do so. Though illegal, U.S. citizens often ignore the ban and travel to a third country like Mexico or Canada and then onto Cuba.
Editors Note: After this post was published, President Obama directed his administration to allow unlimited travel and money transfers by Cuban Americans to family in Cuba and to take other steps to ease U.S. restrictions on the island, according to the Associated Press