On this day in 1961, 49 years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba’s government, and began a trade embargo designed to bring Fidel Castro’s government down.
Through eleven Presidents now, from Eisenhower at the end of his term in office to the early stages of the Obama Administration, this embargo and diplomatic non recognition has continued, and the end result is that NOTHING has been achieved!
Now it is Fidel’s brother, Raul Castro, who runs the government, and Cuba’s willingness to allow American planes to use the airspace over Cuba to help bring relief supplies to Haiti after last week’s disastrous earthquake should be an opening to the idea of finally restoring diplomatic relations and ending the embargo, which has harmed the population but had no effect on bringing down the now 51 year regime of the Castros.
There have been earlier signs of a possible thaw between Cuba and the United States under President Obama, and it is hoped that realism will set in and the President will take action soon on this matter!
If we can deal with other “evil” governments around the world, then we can deal with the Castro government in Cuba!
Former Alaska Governor and former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin this week made her debut as a political pundit on Fox News Channel, and it was truly an embarrassment big time! 🙁
Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity gushed all over her, showering her with praise as she sat there and said nothing of substance.
When she was asked about the criticisms by Steve Schmidt, a McCain operative, that she did know anything about any issue, such as why there is a North Korea and South Korea, her answer was to say that the American people did not care about such petty issues, which means she was saying correctly that many of the American people, much more than should be, had no clue on that or other issues. But does that make her ignorance acceptable for a potential President? To just dismiss it so easily shows what the problem is with Sarah Palin. She is totally oblivious on everything!
To say in the interview with Katie Couric that she reads “all” the newspapers and magazines and fail to name any is not acceptable. To answer when asked on Fox News Channel who her favorite “Founding Father” was, that it was “all of them” is also not acceptable, as she fails to indicate any knowledge of the topic.
It was easy for Sarah Palin to sit there as all three talk show hosts on Fox heaped praise on her, and made it easy for her. And when asked how she felt about being there with Bill O’Reilly, her answer was that she felt she was fortunate to be on the same set with “the big man on campus”! What a ridiculous and embarrassing performance, to say the least! 🙁
As many have pointed out, the more that Palin is criticized, the more it seems that her base raves about her. That may be so, but if it translates into “Know Nothings” electing her President, then the nation is in dire danger, as Ignorance and Narrow Mindedness will have taken over the Presidency, making George W. Bush seem intellectual!