Guess what excuse Trump is using to re-tighten the blockade on Cuba? Human rights!
This is a concern that somehow does not arise when dealing weapons to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, or Israel, or when considering the consequences of overthrowing governments in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya.
Tightening restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba is bad for peace, bad for business, bad for U.S. patients deprived of Cuban medicine, and unpopular even among Cuban Americans.
Trump may be catering to two other concerns: an extreme rightwing ideology that worships militarism and romanticizes even the worst episodes of the past, and Trump's own business dealings. Trump dances with Saudi beheaders, not Cuban socialists. Trump has business dealings in Saudi Arabia, not Cuba.
Neither we nor Congress need go along with Trump's agenda on Cuba.
Click here to tell Congress to step in, end the embargo, and return all land at Guantanamo to Cuba.
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> The Nation: Normalization With Cuba Has Been a Smashing Success—but Trump Wants to Destroy It