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As well looks like changes coming in the way the US deals with Cuba.
The Obama administration looking to ease restrictions on family travel and money transfers to the Communist nation.
This is Cuban president Raul Castro holds talks with the US congressional delegation.
His first since taking office last year.
Let us now bill Peters he's advised to Cuba working group in congress and an analyst -- US policy toward Cuba and they'll know that you think it's a good idea to lift the embargo but the argument is that if you lift the embargo you just give you give more resources to Fidel and Raul Castro.
-- -- to mistreat their people.
Nobody's talking about lifting the embargo on how I think what's in play football the President Obama.
It allows Cuban Americans to travel freely and to help their families that they see fit.
That's a good thing and that's a humanitarian thing it's a pretty minimal step I think that what's at issue in congress these days.
And whether to allow Americans to travel freely and I think that would make a big difference.
And they are -- it actually helps the Castro's gives them more power and more researchers and more money in which to do the things that have not been very good over the past 48 years.
That's a that's a fair argument but for fifty years of sanctions have not.
Change the course of politics in Cuba and other cause the Cuban government -- buckle hasn't called the Cuban people rise up.
If we allow American to travel freely to Cuba.
That will allow Americans to have influence of Cuba it'll it'll help a lot of individual Cubans they'll open up a flow of people and ideas and that's how we get influence there and long term with a much more realistic -- we've been fooling ourselves for a long time.
And -- thinking that that were that are sanctions -- are tough the tough only really an imaginary way.
And the Communist surviving Cuban prosper just fine with the -- all these years.
-- -- -- -- your argument is really that you know the more -- -- sell on this subject the more attention that we'll get on the world stage if you kind of get people flowing into Cuba and you know it makes a little more obvious to the rest of the world what's been going on there but how you think you know.
How do you think -- I think it would take for people -- actually kind of get into the -- the feeling of of comfort.
With traveling to Cuba.
Well for Americans I think there's a lot of Americans that have a lot of curiosity about Cuba.
I also think that our our sanctions of -- the result of holding back.
A lot of American institutions that would do a lot of good in Cuba on talk about churches in universities and professional groups and -- synagogues and and you know our civil society people who want to go to Cuba have exchanges and exchanges of ideas so I think -- we are pretty substantial amount of travel.
-- curiosity tourism and a lot of people going for much more personal.
We forgetting -- we are we forgetting felt we got very little time here but Barbara -- the congresswoman from California says you know mixing down -- Castro it actually you know -- more human that I thought he was and you think well.
Are we forgetting that Raul Castro and the scenes against the wall the assassinations in the firing squads and and the thousands of people have been repressed in the thousands of people who've been killed.
Are we forgetting a little bit about that.
While not forgetting about at all I think it's precisely because.
It's a Communist country with serious human rights problems that Americans should be concerned about it on top of that happen to be very close to our neighbors.
I think that just as President Reagan them and president.
Ford opened up towards Eastern Europe in the Soviet Union.
And -- American contact as an opportunity and it's something that was -- -- we should do the same thing towards Cuba I think that we are.
We've got an embargo on our on our own influence by blocking contact.
Between our society Cuban society it would do that would do -- a lot of good to open up -- we gotta go Phil Garner thanks very much I appreciate it thank you.
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