by Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSnews:
In announcing that his administration had made a deal with Cuba to free U.S. citizen Alan Gross—who had been imprisoned in Cuba for delivering telephones with Internet access to members of Cuba’s Jewish community—President Obama blamed U.S. sanctions on Cuba for denying telecommunications technology to the Cuban people.
About 900 words earlier in the same speech, Obama had argued that the main impact of U.S. sanction was to inspire the Communist government of Cuba to restrict the freedom of its people.
First, Obama said: “And though this [sanctions] policy has been rooted in the best of intentions, no other nation joins us in imposing these sanctions, and it has had little effect beyond providing the Cuban government with a rationale for restrictions on its people.”
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