Aid for the enemy
September 18, 2008
Americans have rightly focused on the terrible devastation Hurricane Ike caused in
Back-to-back hurricanes, Gustav and Ike, destroyed thousands of homes in
It would, however, like to buy some food and roofing nails and the like. The Bush administration says no.
Cuban officials declined the offer, partly because they couldn't stomach the conditions and partly because
Long-standing animosity between the two governments makes it nearly unthinkable for
Many Cuban Americans, meanwhile, want Bush to loosen restrictions on travel across the straits and suspend limits on how much money they can send to relatives on the island. They're joined by Sen. Barack Obama, who supported such changes even before hurricane season, and by Democratic congressional candidate Raul Martinez, who's trying to unseat Republican Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, a
The Bush administration says it may increase caps on how much Americans can donate to relief agencies working in
"The embargo is very separate," Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez says.
Tell that to the Cuban people reeling from the ravages of hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
In the twisted exile logic that has long dictated our policy toward
When the Castro brothers are history and the Cuban people contemplate what comes next, what they'll remember is that in September 2008, Hugo Chavez and Vladimir Putin were their friends. And we weren't.