Fri, 18 March 2016
Obama is planning the first presidential trip to Cuba in 9 decades. He's been on a mission to reignite diplomatic relations with the country after nearly a lifetime if division. It's something I hope will continue and ultimately lead to trade between our two nations.
It's odd to find myself siding with Obama. It's rare but as I've always said, if you stand with liberty, I'll stand with you. Decades of sanctions on Cuba have produced nothing but poverty and tension. Would those things still exist if we had free trade with Cuba? Perhaps. But I think it's important to assess what our goals are and evaluate if we're meeting them.
If you want to bend the will of the Castro's the easiest way to do it is to spread capitalism to Cuba. All it will take is a taste of the freedom and opportunity it brings, and the people of Cuba will do the work for us. There is no reason to build walls or restrict trade. Just show them how the other half lives.