Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Obama and engagement

This New York Times news analysis is a rare instance of Cuba policy being discussed as part of the mainstream of foreign policy. In this instance, it has to do with its place in the Obama Administration’s approach to engagement.

The quotes from White House officials are all blind, but the Administration’s view seems to be that it has reached out to Cuba, Cuba hasn’t reciprocated, and the Administration deserves credit.

Also, this assertion, which seems based a bit on wishful thinking: “…White House officials insist that at least Mr. Obama has not given Cuban leaders the opportunity to hold up the United States as a convenient target.”

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