WP Blogs on Crazy Cuba Policy
My New America colleague, Andres Martinez, former op-ed editor at the LA Times, is the author of the blog, Stumped, the Washington Post's advice column on all things political. It's a great creature that is part blog, part Dear Abby.
Earlier this week, he picked up a question from a reader who just could not make sense of U.S. Cuba Policy. Check it out:
Why do we have an embargo against communist Cuba, while we outsource our manufacturing base to communist China?
Here's the short answer: No sound reasoning explains Washington's schizophrenia in dealing with Havana and Beijing.
When it comes to China, the foreign policy of the United States is predicated on a belief that the more you engage a totalitarian communist nation -- through trade, regional diplomacy, investment, tourism, educational exchanges and simply by smothering it with American culture -- the more likely it is that democracy and individual rights will take hold in that nation. The theory is that the regime's tight-fisted control of everyday life will be eroded by outside influences.
When it comes to Cuba, however, the foreign policy of the United States is predicated on a belief that the more you isolate a totalitarian communist nation -- cutting it off diplomatically, imposing a trade embargo and preventing people from traveling back and forth -- the more likely it is that democracy and individual rights will develop in that nation. The theory is that the regime's tight-fisted control of everyday life will decay because of the lack of outside influences.
And it just gets better. Read the whole column here.