On Tuesday, President Obama submitted the required reports and certifications to Congress to officially remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. This list, created in 1979, currently includes countries such as Iran, Sudan, and Syria. Cuba has been on this list since March, 1982. This designation has been a major obstacle in mending the relations between the U.S. and Cuban governments. While President Obama hopes that this move will help in normalizing relations between these two countries, his move has met some backlash from within his own government. Some, such as Senator Marco Rubio, claim that Cuba should remain on this list for harboring American fugitives and “helping North Korea evade weapons sanctions by the United Nations”. Whether or not this move is completely ethical on the part of the United States, removing Cuba from this list will only help to improve the relations between Washington and Havana that the President has been so adamant about as of late. In the world of international relations, leaders must sometimes do things that seem wrong simply for the greater good of the country.
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Posted by: Nick Davis