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Old November 19th, 2012, 11:07 AM   #1

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Why didn't USA end the Cuban blockade?


As I understand it, when the USSR and their sphere of influence dramatically collapsed in the years 89-91, the USA initially intensified it's blockade in a bid to bring about the end of the Communist regime in Cuba.

But that didn't work. Why didn't they reverse the policy?

(We can have a nominal 2004 cut off to prevent this being 'current', if you like)
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Old November 19th, 2012, 11:19 AM   #2

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The USA is incapable of having a sane, coherent policy towards Cuba
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Old November 19th, 2012, 11:28 AM   #3

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The USA is incapable of having a sane, coherent policy towards Cuba
I agree from 1962 to day, it was a flawed plan, it did not work.
It is outdated and needs to be done away with. Times change and so
does the US policy towards Cuba needs to be changed.
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Indeed, it is outdated, but i suspect the blockade has more to do with a one party state dictatorship then as well as it is now, than it did with the Cold War policies or the up and downs of US - USSR diplomacy.
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Indeed, it is outdated, but i suspect the blockade has more to do with a one party state dictatorship then as well as it is now, than it did with the Cold War policies or the up and downs of US - USSR diplomacy.
There was no blockade against Pinochet and he was a dictator... Even more, he came into power thanks to the US intervention...
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There was no blockade against Pinochet and he was a dictator... Even more, he came into power thanks to the US intervention...
Quite true and good point. I do imagine however, if Pinochet, after coming to power, pulled a fast one the US and it's in country allies like Fidel Castro had done by turning to the Soviets, in effect making suckers of the US, something similar "may" have occurred?
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Conspiracy theory time.
Castro has seen off ten US Presidents and 40-50 US engineered assasination attempts. He is still there. The 53 year US embargo ( it is not a blockade) is a total embarrassment for a civilised state and probably illegal.
Kruschev extracted a promise from Robert Kennedy not to go after Castro, but Castro was so angry when Kruschev caved in that he threw his furniture around his office and smashed everything breakable in the room.
My conspiracy theory-Castro was instrumental in the Kennedy Assasination. The US knows it, but can do nothing about it.The Warren Commission report was severly flawed and 29 volumes of its working filesthe files cannot be reopened until 2017. The House Commitee report on the Warren Commission is sealed until 2029--Castro should be dead by then.
Had it been public knowledge that Castro was involved/implicated in Kennedy's death the US electorate would have demanded action which up until 1989 would have meant confrontation or even war with the USSR.

Any better reasons?
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Conspiracy theory time.
Castro has seen off ten US Presidents and 40-50 US engineered assasination attempts. He is still there. The 53 year US embargo ( it is not a blockade) is a total embarrassment for a civilised state and probably illegal.
Kruschev extracted a promise from Robert Kennedy not to go after Castro, but Castro was so angry when Kruschev caved in that he threw his furniture around his office and smashed everything breakable in the room.
My conspiracy theory-Castro was instrumental in the Kennedy Assasination. The US knows it, but can do nothing about it.The Warren Commission report was severly flawed and 29 volumes of its working filesthe files cannot be reopened until 2017. The House Commitee report on the Warren Commission is sealed until 2029--Castro should be dead by then.
Had it been public knowledge that Castro was involved/implicated in Kennedy's death the US electorate would have demanded action which up until 1989 would have meant confrontation or even war with the USSR.

Any better reasons?

Yes, America doesn`t like to be defied Its taken nigh on 40 years for them to play nicely with the vietnamese, and even longer for the North Koreans.
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But that didn't work. Why didn't they reverse the policy?
Because US foreign policy states that all dictatorships must be strongly and consistently opposed by every possible means (up to and including military force) unless they're a superpower offering cheap labour for US companies seeking to send production offshore - in which case they receive a truckload of generous trade agreements.

Needless to say, the Chinese dictatorship is delighted with this arrangement.
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Because US foreign policy states that all dictatorships must be strongly and consistently opposed by every possible means (up to and including military force) unless they're a superpower offering cheap labour for US companies seeking to send production offshore - in which case they receive a truckload of generous trade agreements.

Needless to say, the Chinese dictatorship is delighted with this arrangement.
I agree with you...
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