Obama Admits ‘Isolation Doesn’t Work’ – But Authorises New Sanctions Against Russia

By Christiaan van Huyssteen (@cvh23)

The US has now officially re-established diplomatic ties with Cuba. With President Obama saying that “Isolation has not worked”.

From The Daily Beast:

President Barack Obama made the dramatic announcement Wednesday that his administration is ending efforts to isolate Cuba that go back more than 50 years. While Congress will have to decide whether to end a formal economic embargo and a ban on casual tourism, senior administration officials said in a White House conference call that they would do everything within their power to end what Obama called a “failed policy.”

“Isolation has not worked,” said Obama from the White House.

Isolation has not helped to promote human rights in Cuba, it has not led to the downfall of the Castro government, and it is a policy carried out by the United States alone in the world. “I do not believe we can continue doing the same thing for five decades and expect a different result,” said Obama in a none-too-subtle allusion to a popular definition of insanity.

It could be argued that it has been the 53 years of icy relations between the US and the former Soviet ally that have been the reason for Fidel Castro (and later his brother, Raul) maintaining their powerful grip over the island nation. It is easier to stay in power if you have a superpower enemy who you can frame as a scapegoat through propaganda.

It is ironic however that on the very same day as the Cuba announcement, Obama signed a bill that authorises potential future sanctions against Russia.

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