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Power of pride?

For most of my life the United States, under the auspices of Republican and Democratic administrations and congresses alike, have sought to isolate, starve and ultimately destroy the nation of Cuba as it exists under the leadership of Fidel Castro, an avowed communist.

President Bush has furthered that hard line by announcing new measures to tighten the 43 year U. economic embargo against Cuba, based on recommendations made in a 450-page report to Bush from the presidential “Commission for Assistance to a free Cuba.” These recommendations are explicitly aimed at overthrowing the Cuban government and restoring a U.S. dominated capitalist economy on the island. In two words – regime change.

These same measures are being pursued in Venezuela against democratically elected president Hugo Chavez, a friend to Fidel Castro, who stands in opposition to U.S. interests in Venezuela’s oil resources. Like flames to a moth – regime change.



Consider the irony. The big three U.S. auto manufacturers are now pressuring auto parts makers to locate their production facilties in China, a communist dictatorship and “most-favored nation” within the WTO, causing the loss of hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

“Power of Pride?” The point is lost on me.




Kevin Thompson

Nevada City


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