Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Quote of the Week

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor. Photo: Tampa Bay Times
"There are still very significant human rights challenges in Cuba. It is still, to many extents, a repressive regime that does not allow citizens to enjoy all of the human rights that we all enjoy. But after 50 years of an embargo and isolation... it's time to try something new and refresh our relationship."
- U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor.

Bay News 9, a cable TV channel in St. Petersburg, said Castor is only second member of Congress from Florida to visit Cuba since 1959.


Moses said...

Rep. Castor's seemingly naive yet earnest remarks reflect what the majority of Americans would feel about US-Cuba relations if they were exposed to the details. A declining majority continue to be hardline and even fewer believe in lifting the embargo without any criticisms or conditions put upon the Castro regime. Obama, himself, shares Castor's position. So why has there been no movement toward better relations since 2009? Alan Gross. If the Castros would release Mr. Gross, the impetus would be upon the US to revisit improving relations. Failing that, his detention is the perfect excuse for maintaining the status quo.

Unknown said...

Cuba isn't releasing Gross until there is an exchange for the Cuban Five, convicted on bogus charges in a court in the Banana Republic of South Florida. ditydeb