Bruce Fein

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Tourists take a ride in a classic American convertible car with the Cuban national flag painted on the trunk, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations, a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

President Obama was right to commence normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba after more than 50 years of ill-conceived estrangement and sanctions.

The United States had no business ostracizing Cuba in 1960 to punish the anti-democratic, lawless, communist dictatorship of Fidel Castro. We routinely forge alliances with morally wretched nations to advance our perceived national interests. Saudi Arabia and China are emblematic.

It is not the duty of the United States to promote democracy abroad except by example. Sentimental utopians such as Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio or former Gov. Jeb Bush believe we are saddled with a moral imperative to transform Cuba into a thriving democracy.…  Seguir leyendo »