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  •  Any real interest and tangible respect shown for (2+ / 0-)
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    people and not just the military would be very welcome throughout S. America.

    "You needed a vehicle. The vehicle was W.M.D" Paul Wolfowitz

    by Just enough on Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 04:24:03 PM PST

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    •  Would lifting the embargo gain points in SA? (0+ / 0-)

      I doubt it.  U.S. involvement in Cuba began in 1868, and continued apace with neo-colonization after that "slendid little war" we call the Spanish-American War and that they call the "War for Cuban Independence."  

      In fact, while Cuban revolutionaries rushed San Juan Hill with Teddy, not one was invited to the "Commission on Peace" between the Spanish and the Americans.

      Throw in the 1901 Platt Amendment that was inserted in the Cuban constitution, then mix liberally with an increasing investment in the islands' sugar mills which in 1906 America owned 10% of, 48% in 1920 and 75% in 1928, then blend U.S. backing for the aforementioned Batista until 1959 and and I'd say we'd have to do something a bit more spectacular to convince Cubans we're taking a kinder, gentler approach to South America.

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