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Miami Herald: Keep Cuban Trade Embargo

Miami Herald: Keep Cuban Trade Embargo
US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuba's President Raul Castro on April 11, 2015 in Panama City. (Getty Images)

By    |   Saturday, 01 August 2015 10:01 AM

Relations may be normalizing between the United States and Cuba, but the Communist island's government hasn't yet shown that the long-standing embargo against it should be lifted, the Miami Herald says in an editorial.

"One does not have to be a hardliner to expect a quid pro quo of some kind as this process moves forward," the editorial says.  "True, people in South Florida are not as strongly anti-embargo as they once were, but at the same time many understand the malicious nature of the Cuban government and would like to see some sign that the current normalization talks are having an impact on the island government. So far, we’ve seen precious little."

The editorial appeared ahead of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton's Friday visit to Miami, where she outlined her opposition to to the embargo to the city's Cuban exile community.

Clinton is calling for an immediate end to the embargo, which has been in place for more than 50 years, reports The Miami Herald, but her stance on it is different than that of most politicians who visit the seashore city.

"There was a time when any politician running for office who needed the Cuban-American vote held a rally in Little Havana to be captured on camera shouting the proverbial chant: “Viva Cuba Libre!” — the battle cry of those who believe the embargo stays until the Castros leave power," the newspaper writes.

Clinton will speak at Florida International University, and is likely the first major presidential candidate to oppose the embargo. Her stance contrasts with that of most GOP candidates, including Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush, who call for the embargo to be maintained.

GOP support of the embargo is not necessarily a given, however, as last week Republican Rep. Tom Emmer introduced legislation to lift it.

"I understand there's a lot of pain on both sides of this issue that goes back many decades, something that a kid from Minnesota is not going to necessarily be able to understand," Emmer told USA Today. "But I believe this is in the best interests of the Cuban people. This isn't about the Cuban government — it's about people on the street looking for more opportunity and to improve their quality of life."

The Miami Herald piece concedes that people in South Florida do not feel as strongly about lifting the embargo as they once were, but many "understand the malicious nature of the Cuban government and would like to see some sign that the current normalization talks are having an impact on the island government. So far, we’ve seen precious little."

Clinton's support for lifting the embargo is a "political calculation" about the city's Cuban exile community, the paper continued. However, despite the months of talks that started in December, when President Barack Obama made his announcement about Cuba, the Castro regime has not taken significant action to benefit the United States or to grant more civil liberties to Cubans.

"The daily arrests, acts of repudiation and censorship of any person or group that questions the official line are still in place," the newspaper noted.

"If little has changed if and when Mrs. Clinton reaches the White House, she should wait before restoring full trade relations with Cuba," the piece concludes. "The embargo may be a relic of the past. But so, too, is Cuba’s government."

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