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Loco? US Lawmakers Meet With Fidel Castro

It's not quite time to break out the cigars, but it looks like the US and Cuba may soon be friendlier neighbors.

US members of Congress met with longtime Cuban dictator Fidel Castro yesterday in Havana, sending a signal that we might see a drastic shift in US-Cuban relations. On Monday, the same members of the Black Caucus met with Castro's brother, and current Cuban leader, Raúl. The Congress members, including Barbara Lee of California, were in town visiting the Latin American School of Medicine.

A while back, 80 percent of you said you'd like to see Obama lift the embargo on Cuba. How do you feel about US leaders meeting with Fidel Castro?

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bento-barista bento-barista 8 years
Muy loco. But, hopefully lifting the embargo to Cuba will also help export some capitalism and democracy over there so they can eventually get rid of their dictatorship. Wishful thinking, huh?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
If they lift the embargo, is Cuba going to give back all the holdings they stole from american citizens?
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
It's not exaggerating or nitpicking to believe we shouldn't be making him out to be a wonderful man who just wants to help us. He's a COMMUNIST DICTATOR.
stephley stephley 8 years
Nice of you to come back and say that :)
stephley stephley 8 years
So where's the drooling? They didn't hit him with sticks and didn't come back and demonize him - does that really say drooling to you? The sad thing is, when critics do have a valid complaint about something the Obama Administration or the Democrats do, no one notices because they exaggerate and nitpik so much.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
Okay...just read through my last post. I didn't mean to demean Cubans like that. They're in a tough situation there.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
Laura Richardson of California: "What really was amazing to me as he leaned in, he looked directly into our eyes -- uh, quite aware of what was happening, and said -- and said to us, how can we help? "How can we help President Obama?" He talked about the fact that he had watched the campaign. You know, for people who seem to think that in Cuba people don't have shoes, they don't have jobs, they don't have ice cream --I mean, these people are living and working and participating as we -- as many -- in fact, some were even in a better situation than in some portions of my district." Barbara Lee, CNN: "He seemed very energetic; he was engaging. We met at his house, which is a house of very modest means. His wife was there, his son was taking photographs of us, and it was a very moving meeting in a sense because he was taking notes. He was very inquisitive. He asked us to send more information about Dr. King, because he reveres Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and we said we would try to get more books and tapes to send down." Poor people in cuba: no shoes, no ice cream... But then some of them are better off than the people in our neighborhoods. Heck, whay don't we just switch to communism?
stephley stephley 8 years
Drooling Carrie? A couple of members of Congress meet briefly with the man and you call it drooling???
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
What a horrible man. It disturbs but doesn't surprise me that the media and Obama/congress are drooling all over him.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Peachy, who said they wished he was dead?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Peachy, I think it's the other way. People want to get out of Cuba, because of the oppressive government there, and they will try anything they can to get across the ocean to get to Miami, and freedom.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Well, I think it's pretty mean of the first person to say *I know the first poster didn't say this, sorry I had to correct my wording.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Well, I think it's pretty mean of the first person to say they wish he were dead, who wishes something like that? It's awful. And to people in Latin America and parts of the Caribbean it's comical how Americans tend to villify Pres.'s comes from being humiliated so many decades ago I suspect. To many he was more like what Barack Obama was to constituents/voters this year (and I know that there are people that obviously didn't like Pres. Obama) and NOT a Hitler like Americans politicians in the past want/wanted to insist on. Yes people want to live Cuba, and they go to great lengths to do so but that has a lot to do with relations between the two countries. Not so much that Castro is "evil."
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Mich, my first thought, too. He's still alive?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
And these people came back saying what a wonderful man he was and how he was like an old friend. A dictator. So bad that people try to swim here from there. But yeah, really nice guy.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
I think it may be a puppet...
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
It's a step. Castro has just been ill since, what, 2006? Just seems like he's dead.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I agree with the above comments, I think we are taking a step in the right direction.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Good and bad. Lifting the embargo is great. Bad that he's still alive...
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I agree that lifting the embargo would be a good thing.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 8 years
I agree with the above posts...its good to make progress!!
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Well I'm a little surprised because I was pretty sure Fidel Castro was dead. But it doesn't bother me too much, and I do think lifting the embargo would be a good thing.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
This seems like a move in the right direction.
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