Experts say a major factor holding up more progress is the case of an American government telecommunications subcontractor who was jailed in Cuba for alleged anti-government activities. We want him released, but Cuba says no way unless we free a few Cuban political prisoners we are holding.
Despite that issue, we need to make more progress in normalizing relations. The U.N. has condemned our economic embargo for 22 consecutive years, and recent surveys show that a majority of Americans support diplomatic relations and an end to the trade and travel embargoes.
A lot was made of the handshake between Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro at the Nelson Mandela funeral in December. We need to translate that friendly gesture into a friendly relationship.
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.