Posted: 12/19/14 20:48
by Dave Mindeman
I really don't understand the conservative meme on Obama's policy change in regards to Cuba.
It is just opening a door. As far as I can tell, the sanctions still hold. (Except for Cuba's chief export - professional baseball players).
But to look at the Castro regime as some kind of threat is getting more ludicrous by the day. The Cuban people are potential friends. Potential trading partners. A potential market.
Isn't that what conservatives really want anyway? Another means of exporting capitalism?
Cuba is a shadow of the communist regime it once was. And it has no serious outside support with the possible exception of Venezuela. Cuba is more Latin than Communist. More southern hemisphere than northern hemisphere. More in common with the US than different.
The opposition to Obama's initiative is rapidly becoming an archaic response. The proponents are holding onto a 50 year old policy that has not succeeded and has no point.
My guess is that Cuba will soon be chomping at the bit to enter the world as an economic clone of China. Where capitalism and communism coexist. And the new order will create markets only conservatives can love more than the people who benefit.
And besides, what can possibly be wrong with a country that loves '57 Chevys?
Obama is looking forward - not backward. We should all be on that page.