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.
yes in 1963 the missiles were pointing at us but then according to that logic we whould not be traveling to Russia either. It is 2008 and time to ope the doors and lift the embargo on the small island country for if we had Chavez would not have gotten his dirty little hands around its throat. Now China is partnering with it for drilling another lost opportunity for the USA. Being inside is a a lot smarter from an intelligence perspective than being out. Just ask any operative.
BTW: Russia is not the same country it was in 1963. President Reagan's threat of SDI took care of that. This country spent much time and money defeating communism. The people of Cuba are in charge of their own destiny ...if THEY want the good life that being friends with the USA brings , let THEM scream Viva America at Castro's eight hour anti-America rant on My Day instead of Long Live Castro....and that's about as logical as it gets.