I’m of an age that I vividly remember the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Yet, the world has moved on, and I think it’s time that we do as well. So, I have no problems in creating an Embassy in Havana, or for that matter working hard to create “normalization,” which very well could mean lifting embargos.
Are the Castro Boys our BFFs? NO, but neither are the majority of the world leaders. One has to remember, if you read your history, we didn’t do the Cuban people any favors prior to 1953 when the Cuban Revolution began. Nor did we handle the situation in our best long term interest during the six years of Batista’s fight with Castro. There’s plenty reasons to harbor ill-will — on both sides.
Today, more than ever, we need to consider the Monroe Doctrine. Not in terms of creating puppet governments, nor military might, but in economic power to create stability. Cuba has been our sore spot for over 50 years, let’s find a way to salve that wound rather than keep fighting the same old wars. If there’s a lesson to be learned from the turmoil in the mid-east, it is that people tend to hold grudges and fight to the death over issues which began in the 7th century. So, let’s not go there.