We are getting back Alan Gross and opening up an embassy in Havana. This is great news and a great legacy for President Obama. I’ve always thought our efforts to rid Cuba of an oppressive government was totally wrong. I think this normalization is a right step toward Cubans becoming empowered enough to demand their own freedom.
However, it isn’t going as fast as I think it should and the following quote from the NYTimes story perfectly illustrates a problem I have with my government.
The United States will also ease travel restrictions across all 12 categories currently envisioned under limited circumstances in American law, including family visits, official visits and journalistic, professional, educational and religious activities, public performances, officials said. Ordinary tourism, however, will remain prohibited.
Who the hell is my government to tell me what countries I can and can’t visit. I’m an American, dammit, I ought to be able to go where I please.
Dan seems to think the normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba has something to do with Guantanamo Bay. Maybe, but I think it might have more to do with JosÃ©Â MujicaÂ making normalization talks a condition of taking a dozen Guantanamo Bay prisonersÂ off of the hands of the U.S. than Cuba having anything on us regarding Guantanamo.