A favorite talking point of Cuba "experts" is that easing sanctions and normalizing relations with the Castro regime would somehow increase the U.S.'s leverage.
As President Obama has learned (whether he admits it or not) in Burma -- it's quite the contrary.
From Foreign Policy:
While acknowledging democratic reforms have stalled and that the country's human rights record has in some respects worsened, President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he remains hopeful about Myanmar's future.
But Obama may have little leverage in pressing Thein Sein to continue the country's transition toward democracy. Aung San Suu Kyi, the iconic opposition leader, has questioned the U.S. government's rush to embrace the apparently reformist government. And human rights groups say the suspension of economic sanctions two years ago undermined Washington's ability to push for further reforms.
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