That’s quite a background. Well, up to now
the President’s gambit on Cuba has been pretty much a debacle. It’s been a one-sided affair.
He’s showering concessions on the regime, and getting really nothing in return. But
I’m not totally pessimistic about his visit because I think he can salvage this Cuba initiative
by going to Cuba, going to Havana, insisting on a national platform, some sort of national
broadcast, and posing to the regime this challenge: “Let Cubans vote.” Let them decide their
future. That’s really the problem up to now. I think the President didn’t understand that
the real problem in Cuba was not U.S. policy but the fact that the regime is a totalitarian
regime that’s bent on holding onto power. If he makes that challenge, it will really
be a historic moment. It will be like Reagan saying: “Tear down this wall.” And a great
opportunity for the Cuban people to see the Americans as friends and seize this opportunity.
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