As I mentioned in a post earlier, it is not easy being an anti-embargo advocate, and it appears that the stress of trying to justify the unjustifiable may have taken its toll on one particular “Cuba Expert.”
Wayne Smith, one of the media’s favorite “Cuba Experts,” seems to be losing his edge. With the US congress no closer to lifting any restrictions of worth against the Cuban dictatorship, the sudden realization that the millions of dollars both US and Castro interests have spent in lobbying is about to be flushed down the toilet.
With nothing to show for his work, Mr. Smith has gotten desperate. Gone are the misleading yet artful arguments against the embargo. Gone, too, are the perverted arguments that helping the oppressors will help the oppressed.
In this letter to the Washington Post complaining of an article written by Jackson Diehl, Mr. Smith has been reduced to nothing more than a mouthpiece for the regime. The desperation in the tone of his missive is so palpable that you almost (just almost) have to feel sorry for him. A desperate man pleading for someone to listen to him.
It is not time perhaps to begin thinking of an alliance. But Mr. Castro has said he will release most, if not all, political prisoners. President Obama had promised significant changes in U.S. policy in response to such a gesture. Where is it? And Mr. Castro has indicated that important changes in the economy are coming.
What has the United States done to stimulate further changes? So far, nothing.
Waiting until Cuba has a full democracy will not work. We need to respond now to the steps the Cubans have taken with steps of our own — such as lifting travel controls and perhaps arranging an exchange of prisoners. There are various options, but we need to move.
Please, please, do something! Don’t leave me here twisting in the wind. I need to show something to justify the millions of dollars that have been spent!
Desperation is such an ugly emotion. Mr. Smith should take some time off and get his thoughts back together.