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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    “its courageous decision to deregulate the energy sector”

    It really didn’t, the PEMEX monopoly should have been broken up and sold off if they were really serious, so they aren’t serious about a competitive energy industry. They are now buying some US natural gas to run their power plants, this is hardly an earth shattering improvement. Until the Mexican Oil Industry faces the full “Power” of the “Feedback of Competition”, improvements will be cosmetic.

    • Sebastian Cremmington

      Thanks to American ingenuity and hard work (fracking) the awful decisions of nations like Venezuela and Mexico with regard to oil will no longer negatively impact the rest of the world. The US, Canada, and Mexico have abundant energy and that is all that matters and if you own Miami real estate then every Chavez “elected” just means Miami real estate goes up in value!

  • bscook111

    Imagine a relationship with Mexico similar to that with Canada. Imagine same over with Cuba. Both need better goverrnance for that to happen. We live in hope.

    • Sebastian Cremmington

      I support Obama with regard to Cuba but overall Obama has dropped the ball big time when it comes to Latin America and the Caribbean…seriously, what does that guy do all day? The irony is that the people of the Caribbean hailed Obama as a savior in 2008 but the entrepreneurs in Houston in the “evil” oil and gas industry are their true saviors. I say it without an ounce of irony that the oil and gas industry do “God’s work”.

      • John Pryce

        Reopening relations with Cuba has come at the price of basically ignoring every single crime that Castro has ever committed, both in office and prior to becoming dictator, up to and including mass murder. And it hasn’t benefitted the US in the slightest.

        • Sebastian Cremmington

          They will be dead soon, we need to move on. As far as the people that lost land or businesses…the Bacardis knew something bad could happen so they moved some operations to Puero Rico before Castro could steal it from them. Also, when the US places sanctions on a foreign nation Americans can lose a lot of money so they should factor that in when doing business in places like Russia and Iran.

          • John Pryce

            What about the family members of murdered political prisoners? They’re still alive. What about all the political prisoners currently imprisoned in Cuba? What about Cuba’s ongoing support for drug cartels? What about Cuba’s harboring of numerous American fugitives?
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            “They will be dead soon, we need to move on”
            Firstly, they aren’t dead yet. They aren’t even out of power yet. Why move on when the Castros are still alive AND in charge?
            Secondly, we sanctioned Cuba for stealing American property in the first place. None of that money has ever been repaid, even though the thieves are still in power. Nothing has changed; Cuba isn’t any less Communist now than it was in the 1960s, and Castro isn’t any less of a monster.

          • Sebastian Cremmington

            Cuba is a nation with people that if given the chance will support the US. Look at Venezuela, once Chavez took power the Venezuelans with the means bought homes in Miami and started moving assets to US banks…so the Castros are the rule and not the exception and the Bacardis knew that in the 1950s.

            We need to move on and for the last several decades we have treated Cuban refugees differently than Haitians or Venezuelans so I am satisfied with what we have done although I would have preferred we did something to remove the Castros and liberate Cuba years ago…but we didn’t.

            Btw, did you support taking out Quaddafi? I did because he supported terrorist attacks against America but before that opportunity presented itself I supported normalizing relations with him.

          • John Pryce

            “Btw, did you support taking out Quaddafi? I did because he supported terrorist attacks against America but before that opportunity presented itself I supported normalizing relations with him. ”
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            I was much too young to remember the first time we bombed Libya. So no comment on that.
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            Here’s the problem: any normalization of relations with Cuba would have to involve public discussion of all these things. But it hasn’t. Obama basically asked for nothing in return for normalizing relations; he didn’t even demand that Castro stop supporting FARC and the other cartels. Castro literally demanded that WE pay trillions of dollars in reparations to Cuba, and that should have been enough to cut off discussions right there. But it wasn’t.
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            Cuba has been cut-off from trading with America, but we haven’t been pressuring anyone else to not trade with Cuba. So the claim that America’s embargo is the reason for their poverty is insane. Pretty much only China trades with the Norks, but no one thinks that’s the reason why North Korea is so poor.
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            Cuba was once a 1st World nation, one of our biggest economic rivals in the Western hemisphere. Castro destroyed all of that. There’s even evidence that he did it intentionally, because he didn’t want any source of wealth in Cuba outside of his personal control.
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            He put Che, of all people, in charge of the central bank; that really tells you all you need to know about Castro’s economic ideas.

          • Sebastian Cremmington

            I know all of the arguments for and against and I am just happy Obama did what he did. Cuba is a sh!thole because of the Castros but it has a lot potential and now that we are normalizing relations maybe we can influence the direction of the country when the Castros die. Look at the awful situation in Venezuela because Chavez chose to pursue a course against the US…many people will suffer because the US was pushed away by Chavez.

          • John Pryce

            Normalizing relations with an unrepentant terrorist-supporting, drug cartel-supporting, totalitarian kleptocracy, without even asking for any reforms first, is about as sane as recognizing Los Zetas as the lawful government of the regions of Mexico under its control. It’s not even as sane as the Iran deal, and that one has already been effectively torpedoed by the Iranians themselves.

  • matimal

    Has any country ever done as much for another country as the U.S. has done for Mexico? More importantly, can the Mexicans go home now to take advantage of their country’s new-found success? Buena Suerte to them and their proud nation!

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