I don’t want to pick on President Obama, since I have come to the view that lifting the embargo will move Cuba toward democracy. However, getting no concessions in return isn’t doing it correctly.
I object to the president’s cavalier justification for lifting the embargo because he’s not “interested in having battles that, frankly, started before [he] was born.” There are a lot of reasons for lifting the embargo on which reasonable minds could differ, but the fact that the battle started before Obama was born isn’t one of them.
The issue is not whether it is an old battle, but whether it is a continuing, worthwhile battle that can be fought in a different manner.
Carlos M. Sires, Pinecrest