Saturday, February 23, 2008

Presidential Candidates Respond to Castro's Resignation

McCain: "I hope Castro dies."

Obama: "If the Cuban leadership begins opening Cuba to meaningful democratic change, the United States must be prepared to begin taking steps to normalize relations and to ease the embargo of the last five decades."

Clinton: "The United States must pursue an active policy that does everything possible to advance the cause of freedom, democracy and opportunity in Cuba."

So, aside from McCain plainly stating that he wants Castro to meet Karl Marx post haste, the Democratic candidates are chomping at the bit to allow the grubby little fingers of their business backers into a country that has remained a thorn in their foot for nearly 50 years. Here's a great article from the ISR discussing how and why we defend the gains that Cuba has made under Castro - their amazing health care system shown in 'Sicko' for example - while criticizing the fact that Castro has not created a workers state nor was it the goal of the '59 revolution.