An outstanding article
outlining reasons for a change in policy towards Cuba; one that I have supported for years, paying a heavy price for it also. However, we must come to terms with two factors with regard to "opening" Cuba and, moreover, doing away with the blockade.
The first one goes to the heart of our foreign policy and one that I discussed years back with their former Head of Section in DC, Fernando Remeriz de Estenoz. I was asked about the lack of relations between the countries. My response was very simple: "The United States has no permanent friends, just permanent interests, and Cuba is not one at present."
The second one goes to the heart of our pathetic political system, the so-called democracy where the majority does not rule as we see at present time in our capital, the money and special interests do. Although the president is in his final term in office, which is usually when presidents address foreign affairs and foreign travel, he has been blocked from attaining any major approvals of his agenda, except the ACA Bill, since 2010 thus his attention, for the most part, has been and is the domestic financial situation faced by the country. Add to that the fact that for the Democratic Party the electoral votes of the state of Florida could be and may be crucial on the next elections. Therefore there would be nothing to gain from changing the policies as they stand.
While Iran is a major concern of the national security of this country, Israel and other nations in the Middle East, and let us not forget Israel's power in Washington. Cuba is not a concern and we still have "the so called patriots" wanting blood from Cuba around, even though some of them also have blood in their hands from past sins, with lots of money being donated to sustain the existing policies.
Jose Gonzalez Sr.
Baton Rouge, LA