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USA*Engage Blog Post: “The New Status Quo and U.S.-Cuba Relations”
Date: 3/11/2015
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, (202) 822-9491

Washington, DC –Today in a blog post, titled "The New Status Quo and U.S.-Cuba Relations,"Richard Sawaya, Vice President of USA*Engage,wrote:

"The position of those in high dudgeon about President Obama's negotiated change of policy with the Cuban regime can be summed up by former Texas governor Rick Perry's declaration: ‘We got a bad deal. This administration basically empowered the Castro regime with no thought of the Cuban people.' While this may work as an applause-seeking sound bite, does it stand up to reason?

"The U.S. embargo and its bilateral appurtenances are more than a half-century old. Brothers Fidel and Raul have seen nine U.S. presidents from both political parties come and go. During that time, the challenges born by the Cuban people are inarguable. But the embargo has compounded the problem."

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About USA*Engage
( is a coalition of small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. Established in 1997 and organized under the National Foreign Trade Council (, USA*Engage leads a campaign to inform policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy worldwide.