As Senators Barack Obama and John McCain continue their bickering about whether the next president should talk to Iran, the Fidel Castro example poses the utmost tantalizing “what if?” question: What if Mr. Eisenhower had made nice with Mr. Castro on his maiden trip to Washington? Or, more precisely, could the United States have avoided 50 years of enmity — including a brush with nuclear annihilation — if Mr. Eisenhower had just given the young revolutionary a big hug?
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