In his move to normalize relations with Cuba, some conservatives complain that President Obama has thrown a lifeline to the enemy—in this case, potentially prolonging the life of a tyrannical regime that is careening toward a richly deserved bankruptcy.
As a strong believer in the potency of what the execrable Paul Krugman calls “free market fundamentalism,” I am all in favor of ending the 54-year U.S. embargo against Cuba as quickly as possible. I believe this would be much more likely to hasten rather than delay the demise of the Castro regime.
I only wish that Obama—in one more didactic if wrong-headed display of his progressive biases—had not presented such a misleading and (from the U.S. perspective) self-damning picture of the relationship between the two countries.
An end to the embargo—requiring Congressional approval—would not mean an immediate end to Cuba’s isolation from the rest of the world (excluding communist or terrorist states) for the simple reason that Cuba’s isolation is not the result of the U.S. embargo. Rather, it is self-imposed.