An Urban's View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Dec 22, 2014 06:14 AM CST

The critics of President Barack Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba are right about one thing: The Castro regime made no concessions on human rights in return for the softened U.S. stance.

The U.S. agreed to an exchange of ambassadors and the lifting of strictures on investment and travel. What we got in return was a prisoner exchange. The dictatorship made not even a ritual bow towards greater economic and political freedom for the Cuban people.

But does that make the normalization a mistake? The critics' case for thinking so is based on wishful thinking.

Instead of admitting that ...

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