Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 04:25 PM CST
Can Kerry make friends with Cuba?
While the ex-senator's been a harsh critic of U.S. policy toward Havana, he’ll have a hard time changing anything
By Nick Miroff, GlobalPost
HAVANA, Cuba — At the last Summit of the Americas, held in Colombia in April, Washington’s rivals in Latin America and its political allies had the same piece of advice for better US diplomacy in the region: get over your Cuba fixation.
Now, with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) likely to be confirmed as the next secretary of state, theUnited States will have a top diplomat who has been a frequent critic of America’s 50-year-old effort to force regime change in Havana.
In recent years, Kerry has been the Senate’s most prominent skeptic of US-funded pro-democracy efforts that give financial backing to dissident groups in Cuba and beam anti-Castro programming to the island through radio and television programs based in Miami.
Kerry has also favored lifting curbs on US travel to the island, and opening up American tourism to the only country in the world the US government restricts its own citizens from visiting.
1. That's too bad about Menendez getting Kerry's spot
I hope not! Kerry will have a much improved relationship with the Cubanos who want nothing more than a better relationship with the USA. It would be prudent for them to give up Gross in exchange for a deal that changes the Embargo restrictions, once they are going in that direction it will unravel.