The way Obama handled Castro is a new blueprint for dealing with dictators

December 23, 2014 3:34 PM

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On the surface, it’s a duplicitousness that seems problematic — how can the United States of America, the self-proclaimed torchbearer of democracy, maintain such a wishy-washy stance on dictatorship? What business does the Land of the Free have in colluding with absolute monarchs and juntas and tyrants? After all, did we not solidify our place in the world by triumphing over authoritarianism in Europe and Asia in 1945?

President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba last week raised a lot of these questions. Some saw it as Washington cozying up to communist strongman Raúl Castro, who inherited the Cuban presidency from his older brother, Fidel, in 2006. Republicans called it appeasement, “part of a lon...

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