The news that at long last the United States will normalize relations with Cuba is one I have hoped for all my life. I believe that if we had engaged Cuba from the outset, pushed for the same kind of trade relations that we had with many other dictatorships, and kept fussing at them about human rights that we also do, we could have created an opening for more freedom, and maybe even democracy, decades ago.
I hope the Congress follows suit and drops the foolish embargo.
I think the combination of Cuban-Americans, Coca-Cola, and the internet will do more for Cuban freedom that all the Cold War freeze-out could ever have accomplished.
Thank you, President Obama. And a hat tip to the Pope and the Canadians for helping.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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