The United States embargo against Cuba did not work.
It won’t work in the future.
So, the president of the United States made a calculation: If the sanctions are being enforced by just one nation in the world, ours, what is precisely the point of continuing a policy that the entire rest of the world is ignoring?
Let’s put it another, harsher, way: One definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
OK, our Cuba policy wasn’t exactly insane. It just nutty.
The Cuban people deserve to be free. President Obama has declared his intention to keep applying the pressure on Cuba’s leaders to give Cubans basic human rights that others in civilized nations ought to enjoy. The best way for the United States to apply that pressure is to engage the Cubans directly through diplomatic missions. So, let’s start that project.
Our non-relationship has lasted 50 years. It began when the Cold War was going full bore. That “war” has ended. Cuba is a Third World country that does business with Canada and Mexico, North America’s other two giant nations. It also does business with virtually the entire world.
Only the United States enforces this so-called “embargo.”
It is good that we end it. The sooner the better.
As the president noted, if we can engage nations such as China and Vietnam — two nations we have fought on the battlefield — surely we ought to do the same with Cuba.