From pensito reviewTranslate this: In the strongest language ever used by a world body to describe the United States' longtime loggerheads with Cuba, leaders of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries at the Ibero-American Summit in Salamanca, Spain, have called for the U.S. to comply with 13 previous U.N. resolutions and end its "blockade" of Cuba.
According to the Associated Press, the U.S. objected to the use of "blockade" in an earlier draft. Why? Not because it sounds worse than "embargo," but counter-intuitively, because it could be interpreted as a "kind of support for the dictatorship in Cuba." And the Repugs don’t want to lose that base of support in Miami!
"We call on the United States of America to comply with that laid down in 13 successive resolutions approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations, and to bring an end to the economic, trade and financial blockade it maintains against Cuba," one of a set of final statements said.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Mexico's President Vicente Fox both backed the statement. Fox stated that to try to solve the Cuban situation through an embargo or blockade "is out of touch with reality" -- a spot-on description of the Busheviks.
CBS News reports that Havana has submitted a report to the U.N. stating that the U.S. blockade has cost Cuba $82 billion, or about $1.8 billion every year it has been in effect. The U.N. General Assembly votes in November on a Cuban-sponsored resolution against the embargo that is expected to pass overwhelmingly - as it has every year since 1992.
Not that it will make any difference, of course. As long as there is a single Cuban vote in question, we’ll stay the course on Cuba.