From my perspective (and if I have missed something, please let me know) President Obama’s recent trip to Cuba had three main objectives: (1) to recognize the moral equivalency of Cuba’s regime with U. S. complicity in colonialism, slavery, and oppression; (2) to end what he considers a relic of the Cold War in the half-century old Cuban trade embargo (“I have come to bury the last remnant of the Cold War”); and (3) according to his national security aide Ben Rhodes, to make Obama’s policies toward the Castros irreversible. Meanwhile, the Cuban police rounded up over 300 people just before he arrived, the Coast Guard picked up 18 rafters attempting to leave the country after nine of them had died in the process, and a procession by the dissident Ladies in White was disrupted by police. And the “optics” for the entire trip were horrible–posing in front of a mural of the murderous thug Che Guevara and attending a baseball game with a Columbian terror group, among other photo-ops. But in the end, it’s all about “the legacy” and we shouldn’t hold our breath until the Obama policies enable freedom and human rights to flower on the island. This won’t happen until both Castros are dead and the U. S. has a new President who will reverse the “irreversible”.
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