‘Changing our history and language’, just as the Obama’s threatened six years ago…
(Bloomberg) – The State Department removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a largely symbolic step clearing the way for normalizing diplomatic relations 54 years after the U.S. severed ties after Cuba’s communist revolution.
Removal from the list, announced by the department on Friday in an e-mailed statement, came as a matter of course because Congress made no move to block the action within 45 days after President Barack Obama announced plans to do so on April 14.
“While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation,” Jeff Rathke, a department spokesman, said in the statement.
The two nations intend to reopen embassies in Havana and Washington once officials resolve points of contention, including U.S. demands for freedom of movement for its diplomats in the island nation and Cuba’s concerns about U.S. democracy programs that it says undermine the government in Havana.
After those issues are resolved, the Obama administration will give Congress 15 days’ notice of its intent to reopen an embassy in Havana and will seek to name an ambassador. While U.S. lawmakers opposed to normalizing relations with Cuban President Raul Castro’s government can’t stop Obama from upgrading the U.S. Interests Section in Havana to an embassy, they may try to block or delay the nomination of an ambassador to serve there.
The Cuba trade embargo is still in place. So far…
And so, how many of our over a half a century of Cuban-Americans and their parents/grandparents/families did Obama just totally fuck-over … Not to mention Cuban dissidents trapped within the apartheid that is Castro’s Communist Cuba?