Thursday, December 18, 2014


The president may have done something I approve of in announcing that normal or near-normal relations would be restored with Cuba. To my mind, the adversarial relationship with Cuba should have ended the week after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Normalization of diplomatic and economic ties would have opened Cuba to American capitalism and frankly I think Microsoft would have brought down Castro faster than a drone strike.

Socialist economies cannot exist without a nearby capitalist one to support it and if the differences in living standards are easily seen, the proponents of Socialism will be quickly ridden out of town on a rail.

Of course the way Obama is doing it, with normalized diplomatic relations comes the eligibility for foreign aid which might keep the Castro legacy going a bit longer. Anyone know who's next in line down there after Raul passes the baton? Maybe it's Obama's retirement plan to be able to run for party chairman in Cuba.

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