Senior U.S. Diplomat Urges Caution in 'Dialogue' With Cuba

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
In an interview with El Nuevo Herald, Amb. William Brownfield, has urged caution in the current "dialogue" with the Castro regime, particularly as it deals with law enforcement cooperation.

Amb. Brownfield, who currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, is the State Department's most respected Latin America expert.  He has previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Venezuela and Colombia.

As he reminds us, "we cannot forget that there are reasons why for more than 50 years both governments had very limited relations and those issues are going to have to be dealt with along the way."

Thus, Amb. Brownfield warns, the U.S. should proceed "very, very carefully," for "there will be moments that [such cooperation] makes sense for both parties and others where it will only make sense for one of them."

If only the Obama Administration paid more attention to its professional diplomats and less to its fiction writers.