An End to the Cuban Conflict
December 5, 2008
With the Obama administration about a month away, there are many things that are going to be changing. Most of these changes will be intrinsic, as our economy is in shambles, and our global clout is lessening. In the public’s eye, Affairs abroad will always take a backseat to the situation at home. It is at times like this, though, that it is truly important to make sure that the US is still representing itself on an international scale. Changes in foreign policy are also necessary to keeping our country viable.
In my opinion, the best thing that the Obama administration can do, as far as matters of foreign policy go, is to encourage much warmer relations with Cuba. Nothing would show the rest of the world that the US truly has changed than kind gestures towards an old enemy. The Cold War is history now, and the Cuban Conflict, I call it that because I still consider it a conflct, is a stark reminder of that era only about 90 miles from our shores.
Fidel Castro has stated that he would be willing to talk with the new administration. Barack Obama has declared his willingness to talk to Cuba, as well, and also noted that he intends to decrease restrictions on Cuban Americans traveling and sending money to Cuba.
The fact that both countries are willing to put decades of bad blood behind them and make a real attempt at sorting things out is just what the US needs to show other countries right now. We need to show the rest of the world that the we can still use diplomatic means to settle conflicts, and that America is not made up entirely of trigger happy Texans.