July 2, 2022

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Democrat Sen. Patrick Leehi again on Monday criticized US policy on Cuba.

“As someone who has been watching the evolution of relations between the United States and Cuba for almost 50 years, especially since I first traveled there in 1999, the situation between the two countries today is confusing, sad and angry,” the senator said. Foreign Affairs Committee.

Patrick Leahy’s remaining statement here:

This is confusing as senior executives, who have publicly and privately acknowledged that the US policy of 60 years of unilateral sanctions, isolation and intimidation have not achieved any of its objectives and have harmed the Cuban people, have adopted the same policy. It failed like his.

It is unfortunate that it has given political courage to Cuban extremists who are further oppressing civilians who dare to fight peacefully against food, medicine and electricity shortages and government repression. And the economic policies of the dysfunctional state.

Anyone who understands Cuba would have predicted what has happened since the Obama administration changed its policy of compromise and taken steps to mitigate it. On the contrary, the current policy exacerbates the situation.

For the past ten months, I have been urging the White House to adhere to the policy of the Cuban government and our relations with the Cuban people, not to repeat past mistakes and to pursue policy based on our long-term national interests. I’m so sorry it has not happened yet.

On the contrary, the policy of this administration, until now, has been dictated by a small but quiet electorate in this country, which has always opposed US reconciliation with Cuba. It is the principle of history that destruction is.

Currently, the United States and Cuba maintain diplomatic relations, but to what end? Meaningful diplomacy does not take place, and our embassy in Havana and the Cuban embassy in Washington rarely function. Diplomatic activities have been suspended. Our conversations with the Cuban government on issues of mutual interest, from law enforcement cut off by the Trump administration to human rights and public health, have not resumed. How can this be in the national interest?

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We continue to have diplomatic relations with Cuba as the Trump administration’s last-minute, politically motivated, vindictive and objectively defenseless decision continues to put Cuba on the government’s list of terrorists. Isn’t this irreparable? What happened to the management’s review for that deeply flawed post that was promised several months ago?

Cultural, scientific and educational exchanges have largely come to an end. This is neither fair nor in our national interest. The Govt epidemic provided an open opportunity for collaboration between American and Cuban scientists, but that opportunity was wasted for years due to political, distrust and hatred.

The U.S. Treasury Department continues to prevent Cuban Americans from sending money to their relatives on the island, although it is their money, not the treasury. Shouldn’t Cuban-Americans have the right to decide for themselves whether to send their own money to their family members? Remittances help the Cuban people depend on the government to improve their living standards and provide seed capital to Cuba’s growing private sector, which currently employs about a third of its staff.

The money returned by the Cuban government is only a small part of what some have lied about, and it is no more than other governments charge. We will build our policy based on facts and what works best nationally rather than the news we hear.

Cuba, 90 miles from Florida, is the only country in the world where American travel is strictly prohibited, except for North Korea, despite our common history and cultural heritage. How ridiculous this is

The White House has repeatedly stated that “democracy and human rights” are at the heart of its policy on Cuba. They are aspirations, admirable aspirations, but they are not a principle. We all want to see Cuba where political freedom and fundamental rights are respected, and especially freedom of expression, and the protection of the right to free judicial practice. Those rights are strictly restricted in Cuba today, as they are in many countries, including those receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in US aid.

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We do not agree on the best way to support the Cuban people’s struggle for those rights.

I asked, but I had no idea what the practical objectives of the administration in Cuba were and how it wanted to achieve them. After we were told six months ago that the State Department was reviewing its policy, we still do not see any change from the policy it received from the Trump administration a year ago. what did he tell?

Various executives have justified the continuation of President Trump’s sanctions due to the July 11 public protests in Cuba. On July 11, they say, “everything has changed.”

Cuba is changing. Access to social media and mobile phones has increased dramatically. The attitude of the younger generation is changing. The Cuban government has been reluctant to make historic reforms to ease restrictions on private companies. President Obama’s open-mindedness towards Cuba, which lasted only two years, was instrumental in bringing about these changes.

Instead of acknowledging the unprecedented progress made in that short period of time, advocates of sanctions claim that Obama’s open policy has failed because Cuba is a repressive, one – party government. Little do they know that the same thing happened in the 50 years before Obama and five years after Obama. When he helps bring about positive change in the Cuban people, President Obama wins.

But today America is marginalized again and the outdated policy of history will not succeed. & nbsp; In fact, denying opportunities to Cuba and the Americans has the opposite effect.

US policy on Cuba is riddled with contradictions, hypocrisy, arrogance and missed opportunities. Cuba is a poor country and it is not a threat to the United States, but we feel like it did it on a large scale by our own actions. While we maintain a complex web of unilateral sanctions opposed by all countries in this hemisphere, the Russians and Chinese are aggressively filling the void, easily visible to anyone who travels to Cuba today.

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Promising a government that hates our policies will not give the leaders of that government legitimate recognition or accept its repressive policies. If so, we must stop engaging not only with Cuba, but also with dozens of governments around the world, including various US partners such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

We condemn arbitrary detention, bogus trials, laws criminalizing civil society, and the mistreatment and imprisonment of political opponents. These abuses are common in many countries, and we use specific restrictions and restrict aid. But for purely domestic political reasons, we continue to impose a network of broader sanctions against Cuba.

I have said many times: Above all, our policy towards Cuba must be guided, not in the interests of our national interest, but in the interests of a small national group, not in the demands that we know the Cuban people do not know. Submitting.

Engaging with Cuba provides an opportunity for US diplomats and citizens to develop relations with their Cuban counterparts and identify issues of common interest to move forward. While some may not dare to admit it, we saw it during the Obama administration.

In time, the Cuban people will determine the future of their country, not the United States, and this is how we can begin to solve the most difficult problems that divide us.

It has taken ten months for the administration to realize that pressuring Cuban officials to continue submitting to Trump’s failed policy will yield positive results. There is not the slightest evidence that it is possible. It never was. Are we going to miss another year?

I hope not, but that is what will happen if the White House does not change the thoughtful leadership of Cuba we saw during the Obama administration. As Einstein said and as many have repeatedly said, “Madness is the repetition of the same action and the expectation of different results.” This administration can function better. It should work better, concludes Senator Patrick Leahy’s report.