irony of supposed Capitalist, free-marketeers inducing
Communists to freedom with government hand-outs should not
be missed. We call for a free and private press in Cuba
while our attempts to propagandize Cubans through the US
government run Radio/TV Marti has wasted $600 million in
American taxpayer dollars.
It's time to stop talking
solely in terms of what's best for the Cuban people. How
about the wishes of the American people, who are
consistently in favor of diplomacy with Cuba?
Let's stop the hysterics
about the freedom of Cubans – which is not our government's
responsibility – and consider freedom of the American
people, which is.
Americans want the
freedom to travel and trade with their Cuban neighbors, as
they are free to travel and trade with Vietnam and China.
Those Americans who do not wish to interact with a country
whose model of governance they oppose are free to boycott.
The point being – it is
Americans who live in a free country, and as free people we
should choose who to buy from or where to travel, not our
administration is perceived as irrelevant, at best, in Cuba
and the message is falling on deaf ears there.
If the administration
really wanted to extend the hand of friendship, they would
allow the American people the freedom to act as their own
ambassadors through trade and travel. Considering the lack
of success government has had in engendering friendship with
Cuba, it is time for government to get out of the way and
let the people reach out.