Spring… 20 April 2009Posted by marisacat in Cuba, DC Politics, Divertissements, Germany, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, la vie en rose.
A flamingo chick in Hanover, Germany, seeks its mother’s protection at the zoo. The first chick to hatch at the zoo in six years  it is now a week old [Jochen Luebke/EPA]
We are in one of our heat waves. They used to last a few days at most, in spring and fall… in recent years they last for weeks. And show up thru the summer as well. Weather reports seem to say this one will break soon.
Putting up a photo of a flamingo chick.. sure beats a photo of Summers. Shaking his big fat finger. And an ugly finger it is too.
MR. GREGORY: Cuba and a potential thaw between U.S. and Cuba relations has really dominated the summit business there, even though it hasn’t officially been on the agenda. This week the administration eased up some of the restrictions on travel between Cuban-Americans going back to see relatives and also the flow of money, sending money back to relatives back in Cuba. Cuba has also signaled that it’s willing to have a more open dialogue with the Obama administration, and increased calls for the U.S. to lift the embargo against Cuba. This is where the politics meets the economic. Under what circumstances would President Obama lift the 47-year-old embargo?
DR. SUMMERS: That’s way down the road, and it’s going to depend on what Cuba did–Cuba does going forward. You know, what the president announced this week is what he’s been talking about for two years. It’s a set of measures that are grounded in American interests, that are grounded in morality, letting families get back together, together again. Cuba’s known what it needs to do for a very long time and it’s up to them in terms of their policies, their democratization, all of the steps that they can take. And we’ll have to see what happens down the road.
MR. GREGORY: What is the economic case for lifting the embargo?
DR. SUMMERS: Obviously it’s, it’s desirable to be able to trade in as many directions as possible. But fundamentally, David, this is an issue that’s going to get decided on the basis of Cuba’s behavior, on the basis of the steps that they, that they choose to take or that they choose not to take in terms of their policies in this hemisphere. And it’s about really whether they want to rejoin the community of nations in Latin America or not. And we’ll have to see, we’ll have to see what they’re prepared to do. The president’s decisions are really going to be grounded in what’s best for the United States.
The president’s decisions are really going to be grounded in what’s best for the United States.
hmm.. I had not figured that last line out. How did I miss that?
We are in such a FUCKING MESS from pursuing our own interests – or what they relentlessly sold to us as our “best interests”.
Clue: It did not work. Did. not. work.
ObRama loved to invoke Lugar and Coburn on the election trail. So sweet. An Indiana Republican (fine, they have to come from somewhere, LOL) and a really nasty piece of R merchandise from OK. But you’ll never hear ObRama mention that Lugar sent him a letter some weeks ago, advocating lifting the embargo.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Richard Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a draft report Monday saying it is time to reconsider longtime U.S. economic sanctions on Cuba.
“After 47 years … the unilateral embargo on Cuba has failed to achieve its stated purpose of ‘bringing democracy to the Cuban people,’ ” Lugar, R-Indiana, wrote in a letter that accompanied the report.
“The current U.S. policy has many passionate defenders, and their criticism of the Castro regime is justified. Nevertheless, we must recognize the ineffectiveness of our current policy and deal with the Cuban regime in a way that enhances U.S. interests.”
Lugar’s letter preceded a 21-page draft report by the Republican members of the committee titled “Changing Cuba Policy — In the United States National Interest.” …snip…
I heard another interesting tidbit over the weekend.. accidentally catching the Matthews half hour Sunday show… with Katty Kay, Ignatius of the Wapo… Helene Cooper of the NYT and ….. Sully. Frankly they were congealing in front of me.. so I don’t know which one said it, but one said the WH is mounting a hard push back on Krugman. Driving home, apparently, that if we were to follow his idea of “nationalising” the banks, it would mean a “Dow at 3000”.
IMO this baby WH, barely a 100 days in to the game, is digging in.