Lemme see if I've got this straight... President Nixon secretly negotiated an end to America's ban on official relations with Communist China during the height of the Cold War, visited that country, and led a move to normalize relations for the purposes of trade and tourism. No one forgot, forgave, or ignored China's abysmal human rights record. Now China is one of America's largest trading partners in both imports and exports to our country.
And tonight conservatives are outraged because Obama is making incremental moves to end five decades of a futile trade and tourism embargo against Cuba. All over America, rightwing hardliners are poking buttons their Chinese-made iPhones to complain about Obama's actions.
About fifteen years ago I made my second trip to the island of Jamaica. While at a resort there I was offered a chance to buy a one day cruise package to visit Cuba. Knowing we had a trade and tourism embargo legally barring us from visiting that country, I asked how it was possible for Jamaican resorts to offer tourism packages to Americans for trips to Cuba. They explained that if we paid a flat fee in advance to Jamaican tour guides, we would be allowed to bring back "gratuities" from Cuba to Jamaica, items I knew we were forbidden to purchase.
"No problem, mon" was how they shrugged off my concerns. Of course, "No problem, mon" was how Jamaicans shrug off ANYONE'S concerns, other than their own.
If you want to know why we still have this ridiculous embargo against Cuban trade and tourism in place, look no further than this family's influence on American policies concerning Cuba: