HAVANA - The start of talks on repairing 50 years of broken relations appears to have left President Raul Castro's government focused on winning additional concessions without giving in to U.S. demands for greater freedoms, despite the seeming benefits that warmer ties could have for the country's struggling economy.Yeah, that one came straight out of left field, huh? Who would think a dictator would insist upon maintaining his absolute power while we make all the concessions? Yet another foreign-policy "success" for the emperor. Not sure how many more of these successes we can stand.
Following the highest-level open talks in three decades between the two nations, Cuban officials remained firm in rejecting significant reforms pushed by the United States as part of President Barack Obama's surprise move to re-establish ties and rebuild economic relations with the Communist-led country.
"One can't think that in order to improve and normalize relations with the U.S., Cuba has to give up the principles it believes in," Cuba's top diplomat for U.S. affairs, Josefina Vidal, told The Associated Press after the end of the talks. "Changes in Cuba aren't negotiable."
Monday, January 26, 2015
Wow, who could have seen this coming
I'm sure no one predicted when President Doofus proposed normalized relations with Cuba without bothering to get any kind of reform commitments from the Castros in return that Cuba would, in fact, insist that the U.S. normalize relations while Cuba maintains its tyrannical dictatorship just as it is. Yeah, nobody. Absolutely nobody. So I guess this news comes as a complete shocker: