Cuba Changes Everything | John Hemingway

January 16, 2015 3:56 PM

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I remember that a friend of mine in California sent me a heads-up on the 17th of December saying that the USA and Cuba were about to free some of their prisoners in a gesture of better times to come. But as everyone now knows, it wasn't just a mere prisoner exchange. It was the culmination of intensive, secret negotiations between the two countries to open up everything that legally could be opened up, short of rescinding the trade embargo. President Obama was going where no American President had gone in more than 50 years, toward the complete normalization of Cuban-American relations.

I have to admit, though, that up to now I have not been a great fan of the Obama administration. In its foreign and domestic policy, there is very little that distinguishes it from the Bush administration. But Cuba is different. Cuba changes everything. If President Obama's eight years in office are...

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