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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 08:20 PM

Hagel and His Critics: Cuba Edition

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/hagel-his-critics-cuba-edition-7897

In the latest entry in the battle over Chuck Hagel’s possible nomination for secretary of defense, the Washington Free Beacon reported yesterday that Senator Marco Rubio “is threatening to place a hold” on Hagel should he be nominated. Interestingly, Rubio’s concerns have nothing to do with Israel, Iran or any of the other major concerns that have already been raised about Hagel. Instead, Rubio focuses on a totally different area: Cuba. The report quotes Rubio’s communications director, Alex Conant, who says:

Promoting democracy in Latin America is a priority for Sen. Rubio, and he’s put holds on other administration nominees over the issue. If President Obama were to nominate Sen. Hagel for a cabinet position, I’m sure we would have questions about Cuba positions.

Rubio’s opposition apparently stems from the fact that Hagel has previously said that “we have an outdated, unrealistic, irrelevant policy” on Cuba. Hagel has long been a critic of Washington’s embargo and a supporter of trade with Cuba.

Leave aside the fact that this is barely if at all relevant to the secretary of defense’s portfolio. There are at least a dozen other issues that are higher on the Pentagon’s priority list, and the White House and Congress are both far more powerful in shaping the future direction of U.S. policy toward Cuba. More important, if we do want to use this as a test of Hagel’s judgment, his position on Cuba is a reason to support his nomination, not oppose it. He’s totally right: our Cuba policy is an outdated relic of the Cold War, and there’s no reason why we should refuse to trade and engage diplomatically with Cuba when we simultaneously do so with any number of other autocracies. As Doug Bandow argued here at TNI last week, this policy has long since lost whatever utility it had, and it is past time to change it.

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naaman fletcher Dec 2012 #1
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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 08:31 PM

1. I'm warming up to Hagel every day... nt

 

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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 04:54 AM

2. Even George W Bush's Justice Department John Ashcroft believed in reforming the US position on Cuba.

He made that admission in a debate for the Missouri Senate, held with the Missouri Democratic Governor Mel Carnahan. Both men believed civilized relations should be initiated. (Within a week of that debate, Mel Carnahan was killed in HIS private plane, like Democratic Senator Wellstone, right before each of them's pending election.)

Very good to learn this about Hagel.

Hope Rubio's 15 minutes of fame is drawing to a close. What an a-hole.

Thank you, flamingdem.

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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 10:08 PM

3. I like Hagel's position on Cuba. He is correct.

Rubio is a fool and a typical right winger and the last thing Latin America needs as they have taken their future into their own hands and out of the hands of people like Rubio. What an ignorant moron he is.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 01:15 AM

4. He didn't get the memo that the cold war is over!

I guess that would mean he'd have to face his total irrelevance, it might take a bit more time.

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