rd-floor home office on the front porch with a friend on the evening before their departure.)
It’s an obvious truism that no decision about foreign or domestic affairs is perfect and problem-free—every decision is a gamble involving risks as well as benefits. A president and most of the rest of us endeavor to choose the best course of action available at the least cost, weighing pros and cons, and making an effort to reduce unnecessary bloodshed and conflict. Of course, a minority of individuals, including some national leaders, deliberately create mischief and mayhem, but Obama does not appear to be among them. Saying that does not mean that I agree with every decision he has made nor how he has gone about it. But I also know that any course of action, political or otherwise, does not have a 100% certain outcome. As mentioned, the death of each and every one of us is about the only absolute certainty that we confront.
The Haitian government fired its ambassador to Santo Domingo, Daniel Supplice, for not "appropriately" defending the country amid the current crisis (Fox News)
Taking a page from the DR Haitian-descendants’ citizenship crisis, Texas denies birth certificates to at least 4 Texas-born children of undocumented mothers.
Google offered Cubans free internet, but the government nixed the idea:
Legislative staffers say Cuban officials have made it clear that if Congress members or other US government representatives meet with dissidents, they will not get access to high-ranking Cuban officials such as First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the man expected to be the next president of Cuba who has met with U.S. politicians like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont. (AP)
CUBA: HRF REPORT ON OSWALDO PAYÁ'S DEATH; EVIDENCE SUGGESTS GOVERNMENT MAY HAVE KILLED HIM
Police were reportedly called by the new Cuban Embassy when Payá’s daughter arrived there to deliver a letter.
However, both Chinese and Vietnamese citizens have enjoyed more economic freedom and prosperity in the last decades and that may be all that's obtainable now for Cuba--and for most Cubans, that will be enough. Would it have been otherwise without the agreement? We will never know. This is the path that was taken. We live in an imperfect world. Of course, we shouldn't be resigned to the status quo in Cuba or any other nation, including the USA, but it's a continuing struggle, just like anything else in life. Perhaps, over generations, more freedoms will evolve in Cuba and those Asian countries, but none of us is likely to live to see the day.
As a lifelong Democrat and two-time Obama voter, I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt on Cuba, but really have no idea what the Administration's game plan might be on Cuban human rights or whether there is no particular plan, just a focus on economic engagement, which is what most interests the Cuban government. Likewise, I'm not sure about our stance now as human rights’ activists --just to keep trying to use moral suasion on human rights?
It’s become increasingly apparent that a new system is needed to reduce the access of dangerous and disgruntled people to guns. Sorry NRA, the current system is not working.