I am not an expert on the Cuba issue and for a good reason (see below).

There are only two things I would like to add to the debate:

  1. Alan Gross
    I am very happy for him and his family. No doubt not even close to how happy he and his family are. However, while he was very grateful to the President and others who were instrumental in his release, there was an acrimonious note in his speech:

    “To me, Cubanos, or at least most Cubanos, are incredibly kind, generous, and talented. It pains me to see them treated so unjustly as one consequence of two governments’ mutually belligerent policies . . . ” (emphasis mine)

    Really? TWO “belligerent” governments? Why is it that Americans always feel that they have to ingratiate themselves to others by blaming themselves and their country?

    The US is NOT perfect but it is better than most and CLEARLY not on the same level of purgatory as the Cuban government. Why even try to equate the two?? It not only bugs me that Gross felt the need to make the horrid comparison, but also the fact that no one else will point it out because they are all cowards and unwilling to criticize someone in his situation.

    It is also worth noting that Mr. Gross is suing the US government for tens of millions of dollars. He already settled with USAID, the agency he worked for, for millions. With all due respect that taints him in my view.

  2. Legacy
    Many of the President’s supporters breathlessly described his move as dramatic, as legacy building, as a triumph and as a proof that this President still “has it” etc., etc. Many in the media compare it to President Nixon’s breakthrough with China. Really? You must be joking. Cuba is a small, insignificant island with 11,000,000 people and a GDP of . . . wait for it, drum rolls . . . $72 billion; or about what it takes the USA all of 36 HOURS to produce. That is comparable to China?That is a JOKE.

    If president Obama wants this as his foreign affairs legacy, go for it! Good luck with that legacy. Really earth shattering.

    Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria. Iraq, Pakistan? Never mind those — we have CUBA!!! Yipikaye!