We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The negative response from the people whom Mr. Obama portrays as the beneficiaries of his initiative is one reason to question his contention that Cuba should be treated like China and Vietnam, two Communist nations with which the United States normalized diplomatic and economic relations decades ago. The United States was not able to join with opposition movements in those countries in demanding democratic reforms as part of a normalization process because, at the time, such movements barely existed in either place. In Cuba’s case, the opportunity was there.
Engagement with China and Vietnam also offered huge economic and geopolitical benefits that don’t exist in the case of Cuba, an impoverished island whose main interest to the United States is the freedom and prosperity of its 11 million people....
The Washington Post describes the human rights results in China and Vietnam, after their rulers and lackeys profit from US trade:
But in the past decade, political freedom in China has declined — there is less freedom of speech, of the press, of cultural expression. More political prisoners have been locked up and tortured. Tens of thousands of censors keep tight control over the Internet. The same is true in Vietnam: more foreign investment, less political and religious freedom, more bloggers in prison. And these are not anomalies: In the years that Mr. Obama has been in office,freedom has receded across the globe— without much protest or response from his administration.
Instead, the Washington Post supports the human rights demands from those brave enough to speak out within Cuba:
In Cuba’s case, that means listening to the brave freedom fighters Mr. Obama spurned. Mr. Obama’s prescription was not the only alternative to what he saw as the failed policy of the past half-century. Opposition leaders from throughout the island have agreed on four immediate demands to put before the government: the release of political prisoners; the end of repression against human rights and pro-democracy groups; the ratification of international covenants on human rights; and the recognition of Cuban civil society groups.
It is frightening how fast this country has collapsed. I am waiting for the other shoes to drop, being the appeasement of North Korea (which theoretically can already hit Hawaii and Alaska with nuclear weapons) and saying Iran can have nukes.
I don't think the next two years will be any better and likely will be much worse in that or any other regard unfortunately.
But while I don't harbor any illusion that the WaPo will stop being a part of the Lame Stream Media, it's nice to see that SOME of the lefties out there are either coming around a bit or not so far gone that they are beyond redemption.
Mudbug, like the Saturday Night Live skit criticising Obama, this "coming around" comes at precisely the moment when it can't hurt them and they can stroke themselves on their courage without having to actually show any. They want to be first to the table. They can put the artificial feather in their cap and start looking toward "neutral reporting" for NH and Iowa - which will boil down to rhapsodising over Democrats and expressing grave concern over the Republicans (except for some token RINO who has no chance of winning who they can say nice things about and scold the GOP for not supporting - is Jon Huntsman running again?)
Assistant Village Idiot
I wonder if Jeff Bezos, owner of WaPo and the stepson of a Cuban immigrant, had any influence on the publication of this excellent editorial.