Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Baby Steps, But Better Than Nothing

Per Reuters:

The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago .... The policy shift will mean a relaxation in some aspects of commerce and transportation between the United States and Cuba, but it does not mean an end to the longstanding trade embargo, which needs congressional approval that Obama may face a struggle getting.

Of course, Obama faces howls of pain from the "Cuba Lobby," a curious "opposition" movement which has resolutely worked to keep the Castro brothers in power for half a century so that it can make continuous political and economic bank on its alleged aspirations to overthrow them. US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) acted with alacrity to assume a position at the head of the Movement for the Perpetual Preservation of Cuban Communism.

It's weak tea and probably not nearly enough -- the Castro regime wouldn't last six months if the embargo was lifted -- but it's also a pretty bold move by Obama. It's very possible that the last president who gave real consideration to doing what Obama is doing right now paid for that consideration with his life.

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