Thank you for publishing the Dec. 10 article Obama shakes hands. The embargo is a senseless relic.
However, after reading countless editorials, one may come to realize that the embargo has arguably fostered fruitful gains for the United States and Cuban citizens alike since Raúl Castro took power. This should not be discounted.
While the embargo remains intact, it allows us to whittle away at an outdated, but concretized position that any negotiator would covet.
From Castro’s perspective, he is operating under a similar hard-line position, established by his brother.
The only way to move is forward. If you talk to folks on the ground confidentially, the question is how we will both negotiate this dance toward a future of sustainability.
Is it perfect? No. But the U.S. government should continue to use its leverage to transform the Cuban political regime.
Giving the blank check now while we’re holding such a loaded hand does nothing to further democratic and economic progress in Cuba.
Kindra Mohr, New Orleans