Friday, April 17, 2009

Cuba and the U.S. public

I spoke to a reporter from a local paper about the changes the Obama administration has made with regard to Cuba policy. He just wanted background to help readers figure out how we got to where we are. It struck me, though, that in the blogosphere and in academia we often complain about the tentative nature of the changes, but we don't acknowledge that the mere fact that changes are taking place puts Cuba policy into the public eye. The debate over the failures of that policy is now more prominent than ever. From a practical standpoint, it is likely that support for more changes will grow. It will be interesting to see how public opinion over the embargo, travel, etc. changes now that people are thinking about the issue more.

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