Hillary Clinton Advised Obama to End Cuba EmbargoJune 6, 2014 | Print |
HAVANA TIMES — Former Secretary of State and former First Lady of the United States Hillary Clinton claims to have urged President Barack Obama to end the long economic embargo on Cuba, states her memoirs.
Hillary Clinton’s autobiography, entitled “Hard Choices,” will be released on June 10, but some US media obtained a copy beforehand and have revealed some details.
In her memoirs, Hillary Clinton says the long US embargo on the island has only succeeded in giving Fidel and Raul Castro an excuse not to make democratic reforms and “someone to blame for the economic problems of Cuba,” reported dpa news..
Hillary Clinton recalls in her memoirs that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, tried to ease the embargo, but failed.
The former head of US diplomacy (during Obama’s first term in office) explains that at the end of her tenure in the State Department she urged President Obama to reconsider the embargo because “it is not achieving its objectives” and “is obstructing the scope of our agenda in Latin America.”
“I thought we should give Castro the responsibility to explain why they continue undemocratic and abusive,” policies, writes the former secretary of state.
Hillary Clinton’s autobiography is being examined closely by the US media as the former first lady is one of the favorites to be the Democratic Party candidate in the 2016 presidential election.
The embargo on Cuba, referred to by the Castro government as a blockade, was initially decreed in 1960 by then US President Dwight Eisenhower against the government of Fidel Castro. It is considered by many experts as one of the biggest fiascos of US foreign policy, since more than 50 years later the Castro brothers are still in power.