Appears someone has inevitably bowed to awesome U.S. Power to wage economic sanctions, trade embargoes, and travel restrictions. Only took 50 years.
Listen: I get not doing business with scoundrels, but since I’m delving into practical geopolitical realities, look at this: We’re dealing with a puny island nation that couldn’t get off it’s ass to produce much of anything anyway (though the cigars are fab), so what we essentially accomplished was not to cut them down, but if anything, to keep them from rising up (economically, as international traders), which would have made it increasingly difficult for Castro to hold power. Now, one could understand doing something like that to a Japan, a China, a Taiwan — but Cuba? The former would undoubtedly be harmed tremendously, so sanctions would have real practical clout. For a Cuba, all it did was empower "them."
I have believed for 20 years that U.S. economic sanctions are essentially what kept Castro in power. The U.S. handed him his half-century fiefdom. Our actions made it easy for him to play David, and who doesn’t love David?
To play Devil’s Advocate with myself, Cuba was unique, being a Communist nation 90 miles from our shores; and The Cuban Missile Crisis undoubtedly etched quite a scar on the American psyche for a generation, at least.
Well, I for one will welcome some sort of détente, even if it isn’t in the manner I’d go about it.