April 8th, 2009
05:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Analysis: United States-Cuba relations begin the long thaw

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/04/08/cuba.travel/art.fidelsign.cnn.jpg caption="A man passes in front a graffiti reading 'Fidel' in Havana, Cuba."](CNN) - "It's time to talk to Cuba."

That frank assessment from Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California, has resonated loud and clear from the island of Cuba - 90 miles from the southernmost point of Florida - to the halls of Congress.

For the first time in nearly 50 years, relations between the two nations, which has a history steeped in tension, have seemed to ease a bit.

And that was no more apparent than this week, as a delegation from the Congressional Black Caucus traveled to the communist country on a fact-finding mission, with plans to deliver a report to the White House.

"Our purpose was to see if there were preconditions on the Cuban side. We heard that there were no preconditions," Lee said Wednesday. "And, in fact, we wanted to find out if they were interested. We have to remember that every country in Latin America, 15 countries, have normal relations with Cuba. ... We're the country which is isolated."

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Mike Syracuse, NY

    How about reporting which member of the Black Caucus told the Cubans that the US was a racist nation. Maybe he or she should have stayed in Cuba.

    April 8, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Tom P

    Obama's making friends with all the world's greatest scumbags: Iran, Chavez, Hamas and now Castro. Next he'll be sharing a beer with Kim Jong Il and Assad.

    What a wonderful leader we have. Is it 2012 yet?

    April 8, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. geraldine

    big surprise here – we take a major step towards communism, and now the Castros love Obama and Chavez is cheering him on.

    April 8, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. John

    Funny how the USA won't talk to or trade with Cuba because of its so-called repressive communist government.

    But the USA trades plenty with China and Viet Nam.

    April 8, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |