Via Winds of Change,
In unusually frank criticism of U.S. policy on Cuba by a top military officer, the outgoing head of the Miami-based Southern Command said Thursday he favors a top-to-bottom review of the policies, including a long-standing ban on most contacts between the U.S. and Cuban militaries.
I used to support the embargo on Cuba but now I oppose it. What changed? The USSR collapsed. While Cuba was a de factor forward base of the USSR, the embargo was the correct choice. Once the USSR got tossed on the ash head of history, Cuba ceased to matter to American foreign policy, except as a annoyance. It was the embargo and Soviet support that made Castro a player on the world stage. Once he lost the latter, we should have taken the former away from him too, leaving him revealed as what he is, just another brutal dictator with too much speech writing time. No other plausible action would have been as devastating to Castro and his regime as that. Yet here we are, 15 years later, still running our foreign policy as if Castro mattered. Hopefully President Bush can get some actual realism injected in to that situation.