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It appears that President Obama has decided to normalize diplomatic and trade ties with Cuba. Cuba stands to benefit greatly in terms of investment in tourism, tourism revenue, and sales of cigars and sugar. This boost to the Cuban economy make up for the lost subsidies from its patron, cash-starved Venezuela. This action will serve to stabilize the wobbly rule of the Castro brothers and their inner circle.
It appears that the United States is imposing no conditions on this boon for the Cuban economy and for Cuba’s communist leadership. There has been no hint of a quid pro quo from Cuba in terms of releases of political prisoners, conversion to a market economy, democratization, or Cuba’s political support for America’s many enemies in Latin America.