Obama’s policy on Cuba has been a source of intense criticism from politicians on the Right. While I find fault with much of Obama’s foreign policy, I don’t support the Republican position on Cuba.
The Republicans rightfully rail against the human rights violations of the Cuban regime. The government under Castro is deplorable and has been a source of misery and death for the Cuban people. However, that should not stop the United States from opening diplomatic relations with our island neighbor.
The Republican position on Cuba is hypocritical and does not hold water. If we hold the same standard to other nations, even a few allies, we need to cut off diplomatic relations with China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, to name a few.
I don’t hear Republicans criticizing the Saudis for their deplorable treatment of women. There’s no outcry to break-off diplomatic relations with Russia, where they’re happy to execute journalists who speak truth about the government.
The United States must be consistent in its foreign policy. Other countries hear us preach our values as a nation, but then see us hold different standards depending on the benefit to us.
Cuba is in a precarious position. Since Communism only works until you run out of other people’s money, Cuba needs a sponsor to survive. Up until the end of the Cold War, that sponsor was the Soviet Union. After the Soviet collapse, Venezuela took that roll. Now that Venezuela’s form of Communism is collapsing, Cuba needs a friend. Why not make that friend the United States?
On a side note, do you notice a trend with Communism? 🤔 It always ends in misery and collapse.
Back to my original point… I’m not saying that we let Cuba off the hook and make them an ally. The U.S. has the upper hand and an opportunity to keep an enemy closer. We need to let go of the past and continue the process of establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba.