This is part of an ongoing series on current global affairs and alliances
Thirty nautical miles from the Florida coast is a time-bomb choosing sides.
Once a haven for writers, artists and gamblers, Cuba for more than 50 years has been a thorn to the United States. With Fidel Castro’s coup d’etat came instability and an alignment with the USSR, which nearly brought nuclear war to the U.S. in the 1960s. Then, U.S. President John F. Kennedy saved the U.S. with a last-minute deal with USSR head Nikita Kruschev.
Now under the leadership of Fidel’s brother, Raul Castro, Cuba is crucial once again. Venezuela’s President Chavez — no friend to the U.S. — makes frequent visits; both Iran and Pakistan also have made visits to Cuba within the past few months.
When asked about America’s position on Cuba the U.S. State Department on February 1, 2012, said, “Our Administration has sought to engage Cuba . . . in interaction to benefit Americans and people of Cuba. [President] Obama announced regulations in 2009 and 2011 allowing greater travel to visit Cuba….Exchange is beneficial to mutual understanding, helps invigorate democratic ideals and civil society interaction.”
However, what the State Department’s response did not address is that Cuba increasingly is becoming more vital as an ally to the U.S. Yet the U.S. is not taking any overt action to begin a political and military alliance with Cuba, whereas Venezuela, Iran and Pakistan are.
With only 30 miles between Cuba and the U.S., can America afford not to proffer diplomatic ties — particularly when another crucial alliance is being formed….
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