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Your thoughts on Obama’s move to restore relations with Cuba

At publishing time, 95% of msnbc.com users expressed support for normalizing United States relations with Cuba.

Here’s what you had to say about the president’s dramatic foreign policy shift, which he announced on Wednesday:

@marlenelooneyAs a Cuban American who left in 1967, I greatly welcome the change. It is through dialogue that change takes place. I have traveled to Cuba yearly since 2009 and have seen significant changes on the island over the last five years. Fifty-four years of a failed embargo has only hurt the everyday Cuban. Thank you Mr. President! Engagement is better than isolation. Know that Cuban-American members of Congress DO NOT represent all Cuban Americans in the U.S.

DoximomNever thought I’d live to see this day!  I remember when the embargo was placed on Cuba way back in 1962. That was a very scary time. Way to go, Mr. President!!!

HelloDockThey may call him lame duck but in America’s eyes, the president is doing a great job. The embargo has not worked in 50 years and it will not work in current times.

MareRocksIt’s about time we ended this relic of Cold War policy. 

ecoenergy99: Almost 60 years after the “revolution” and 25 years after the fall of communism, it’s time. It’s good for the Cuban people, most of all.

lickasenseIt’s about time! I want to visit Cuba.

feldgrauCuba is a close neighbor by proximity. Having a diplomatic relationship with a country that close to us is how it should be. This does not mean we have to be BFFs.

renman23This is the Obama we voted for.

Mags1The United States is finally basing their Cuba policy on reality. We have full diplomatic and trade relations with China and Vietnam. Establishing the same with Cuba is just realistic and good for the people of both countries. About time.

Ron: The best way to bring Cuba (and the Middle East for that matter) into the modern world is for the U.S. to stand aside physically, engage in diplomacy and commerce, and let the people adjust on their own. Doesn’t make any difference how long it takes. But we must not have embargoes or any boots on the ground. 

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Your thoughts on Obama's move to restore relations with Cuba