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Poblete & Poblete: U.S.-Cuba Policy, A little history and clarification are in order

The following op-ed was published in The Hill newspaper’s website this afternoon:

In announcing the move to “normalize” relations with the Cuban regime, President Obama referred to U.S. policy as an “outdated approach.” This claim was reiterated in his State of the Union address, as if repeating it enough would make it true. A little history and clarification are in order.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s response to Cuban aggression was prompted by Havana’s systematic assault on U.S. interests. One of the early affronts was the unlawful confiscation and nationalization, without compensation, of private property owned by Americans. Today, those certified claims are valued at between $8-$10 billion. While it is seldom mentioned in recent debates, this issue is the foundation on which U.S. law and policy was constructed.

As the regime began to purchase weapons from the Soviet Union and distance itself from the civilized world, there was a proportional increase in foreign policy tools used by Washington to address growing threats and policy challenges.

You can read entire op-ed at The Hill‘s website.

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