If 'cigars' was the first thing that came to mind, you aren't alone, but, in spite of the 'relationship' and five decades of trade embargoes, the United States has always remained the world's biggest consumer of Cuban cigars. Cuba is roughly the size of Tennessee. It has a few natural resources, but nothing that is in high demand, or hard to find elsewhere.
Why take these steps now, what is at stake? Don't tell me that Alan Gross was worth all of this. Had you even heard that name prior to this week? If not, let me fill you in. This from the 'Bring Alan Home' website:
Alan Gross is a 65-year-old American citizen who has been imprisoned in Cuba since 2009. He was arrested for his work on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development to increase Internet access and connectivity in small communities across Cuba.
I have an irrepressible revulsion for people who are portrayed as 'aid workers', when, in fact, their work has little to do with feeding, clothing, or providing necessary medical care for human beings at risk of death. You aren't going to sell me on having a chummy relationship with Communists so that more liberal tools can travel to their countries and ensure that little Cubanos can access Instagram, without fear of being 'unjustly' imprisoned.
I also feel compelled to share with you my utmost respect for and fondness of the people of Cuba. In no way are they responsible for the ordeal to which my family and I have been subjected. To me cubanos, or at least most of them, are incredibly kind, generous and talented. It pains me to see them treated so unjustly as a consequence of two governments' mutually belligerent policies. Five and a half decades of history show us such belligerence inhibits better judgment. Two wrongs never make a right. I truly hope that we can now get beyond these mutually belligerent policies and I was very happy to hear what the president had to say today. It was particularly cool to be sitting next to the secretary of state as he was hearing about his job description for the next couple of months. In all seriousness, this is a game-changer, which I fully support.Not exactly bleeding red, white, and blue, is he?
I know it is a stretch, but is anyone else counting the number of Cuban-American voters? Is anyone else making the Florida political connection here? Is it unrealistic to suppose that Obama, and his Dimocratic buddies (if there are any left) are looking down the road at having to defeat the former Governor of Florida (and his Hispanic wife)? Amnesty for illegals, and all you Cubans can now travel freely to your homeland. I can't seem to find any other logical reason for taking these steps now.