CNN's Fareed Zakaria wrote (what he believed to be) a critique of U.S. policy toward Cuba this weekend.
"The United States should shift from a policy of regime change in Cuba, which has not worked, to one that promotes reform and human rights aggressively."
So press the Castro regime to respect the human rights it has systemically violated for 50 years?
That's pretty ingenious.
Then, Zakaria recommends:
"President Obama should offer the Cuban government a series of steps that would relax restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba – but only if they are matched by real economic and political reforms in Cuba."
But you realize that's exactly what current U.S. policy is, right?
Finally, Zakaria elaborates:
"Let the Cuban people know, for example, that if its government were to free all political prisoners, the United States would be willing to relax the embargo."
Except, sadly, the Obama Administration has already unilaterally relaxed some sanctions without the Castro regime freeing all political prisoners.
It has filled the Castro regime's coffers (to resist change) and sense of impunity (to increase repression).
at 10:16 AM Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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