I have now found some common agreement regarding the United States new policy toward Cuba and Sen. Marco Rubio’s stand on the matter. In his Nov. 13 interview with the Associated Press, the senator is quoted as having said: “People think it’s because we’re being stubborn or holding on to old policies. I'm prepared to change strategies toward Cuba, but it has to be one that yields results.”
I couldn’t agree more with Rubio. Our main difference is that the policy that he advocates on the embargo and his wanting to continue to be tough on Cuba for 55 years has proven to be ineffective. It hasn’t generated any positive results.
I agree with the proposed change, including the establishment of diplomatic relations, exchanges, and contracts including changing U.S. law to allow Americans to do business in Cuba. It is the correct policy at this time. It’s also a positive step with our close allies in Europe and Latin America.
If we look at history, we learn that totalitarian, dictatorial and Communist regimes such as Cuba's will not voluntarily open themselves up to change. Their first priority is to preserve themselves, their power and control.
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The only way that we will bring positive change is by having relations, business and full engagement with Cuba. That is a major reason I support the Obama administration’s opening and disagree with Rubio’s failed approach.
I truly believe that the change in policy and engagement with Cuba, which is part of the administration’s policy change announced on Dec. 17 will bring the two countries closer to each other.
This positive change will be exactly what the opponents of the Obama policy would like to accomplish.
In my view, these positive developments will not occur if they are made a precondition to doing what the Obama administration is doing. They will flow as a result of the change in policy.
Adolfo R. Garcia, Boston