WASHINGTON - Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte says the United States will not soon lift its embargo on Cuba* despite Fidel Castro's resignation.I can't imagine it happening anytime soon, either. I mean, why should a policy that hasn't accomplished anything worthwhile in the 5 decades of its existence be abandoned simply because the reason it was originally implemented no longer exists?
Asked by reporters at the State Department if Washington planned to change its Cuba policy now that Castro has stepped down, Negroponte replied: "I can't imagine that happening anytime soon." He declined further comment.
Obviously the 'not trading' with Cuba hasn't given us what we wanted there**. Perhaps we might just try trading with them and see where that gets us?
* But I would be willing to lift the pictured Cuba Libre. Note the lime, Misty.
** Assuming that what we wanted there was actually the same as what we said we wanted there. A bad assumption on my part, perhaps?