I just read this stupidity by an idiot name Steve Clemons and it caused me to write the following to him:
I’m trying to think of something that Cuba has done in the last 12 years to justify a change in US policy toward that country.
Perhaps it was the 1996 shoot down of two unarmed american civilian aircraft over international waters, the cold-blooded murder of 3 American citizens and one American resident.
Or perhaps it was the penetration of the related WASP spy ring, 5 members of which are currently serving hard time for espionage.
Or perhaps it was the placing of a spy, Ana Belen Montes, in the Pentagon whose overriding message was similar to yours, namely that Cuba is no threat. Incidentally Ms. Montes accepted a 25 year sentence in order to avoid more.
Or maybe it was the inprisonment in the spring of 2003 of 75 dissidents, independent journalists and independent librarians.
Or perhaps it was the firing squad executions on April 11th 2003 of 3 men who attempted to hijack a ferry boat to freedom 6 DAYS earlier.
Maybe it’s just general good behavior you’d like to reward like the refusal of Cuba to permit the entry of Human Rights organizations to monitor the Human Rights situation in that country.
Or perhaps it’s the crackdown on “illegal” satellite dishes and other equipment used to break Fidel’s information embargo on the Cuban people.
Maybe it’s the continual barage of anti-American rhetoric that the Castro brothers should be rewarded for.
You are right, any one of these would be reason enough engage in warmer relations with Havana but taken together I don’t see how anyone could view Cuba as anything but a good friend.
All of that and I forgot things like continuing to harbor terrorists and fugitives from American justice.