Boycotting Cuba hasn’t worked. Fidel Castro, the last of the larger-than-life world leaders from the Cold War, is enfeebled, his brother, Raúl, is now in charge and elderly. President Obama was criticized for shaking his hand, but he did what he has preached, seeking engagement, not war.
The United States must take the first step, like President Nixon did in China, and open Cuba to the U.S. economy. Let the markets and business reform Cuba, free its people from the Castros and let the Cuban community reunite with families.
It could be one of Obama’s signature accomplishments, and it would be good for all as businesses rush in where they should have been all these years.
David L. Malhalab, Detroit