There’s a pretty good analysis written by Bernd Debusmann for in a Reuters blog, The Great Debate, dealing with the issue of Cuba — travel and the trade embargo. Debusmann argues that Obama has a great chance here to score points on a situation which is not really difficult. When you are dealing with Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and so on, Cuba becomes, as he titles his piece based on a Steve Clemons quote, “low-hanging fruit.” It may be, I say, but for some strange reason, Obama sure has become cold on Cuba since he assumed the presidency more than a month ago. Not a words from the White House.
Could it be the people he has surrounded himself with? Has Hillary’s ideas - as expressed during her campaign - convinced President Obama that he was too generous in his offerings while running for president. Whatever the case, we sit and wait for President Obama to act on campaign promises on Cuba he has yet to deliver.
Read the Reuters piece. It’s a clever take on Obama’s international situation.
Alvaro F. Fernandez 2-25-2009
IN CUBA, LOW HANGING FRUIT FOR OBAMA
A look at a list of the foreign policy problems facing U.S. President Barack Obama could send the sunniest optimist into depression.
The Arab-Israeli conflict: no solution in sight. Afghanistan/Pakistan: the outlook is bleak. Iran and its nuclear plans: tricky. No easy wins here. Iraq: the war is not over.
But in the foreign policy landscape, there is one low-hanging fruit ripe for the picking — Cuba - and the picking has just been made easier by a report commissioned by the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richard Lugar, and released this week.
To keep reading: http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/02/25/in-cuba-low-hanging-fruit-for-obama/