For John, BLUF: It is a long way from American recognition of Cuba to Freedom for the Cuban People. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From Foreign Policy we have an Article by Think Tank Head Gordon Adams, a thoughtful man. The headline is The Liberal Fallacy of the Cuba Deal. The subheadline is:
Don’t get me wrong: I support the normalization of relations. But believing it can remake the regime in Havana is the worst kind of American exceptionalist fantasy.I once interviewed with Mr Adams for a job doing defense spending analysis. The good news is that I didn't get the job, which would have meant I remained down in the DC area, rather than coming up here to Lowell. Although maybe you, dear reader, think that is a bad deal for Lowell.
At any rate, I agree with Mr Adams. Even if we make the current embargo of Cuba go away by the 10th of January, there is no promise of a Cuba with representative government and a free economy.
Regards — Cliff