I missed this one yesterday: James Taranto argues in WSJ that we should strongly consider an Iraq-style regime change in Cuba. His rationale: Castro is a meanie and it wouldn’t be that hard. Now, while I agree that Castro is a pretty despicable character and that toppling him would likely come at a lower price than ridding ourselves of Saddam, I really hate it when opinion mongers start declaring war on everybody. Can’t we at least restrict our wars to countries that pose some military threat to us?

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  1. John Lemon says:

    Good point. On to Canada!

  2. PoliBlogger says:

    Indeed on Canada!

    And, contrary to the opinion of many in Republican circles, I think that lifting the embargo on Cuba would hasten regime change, and make life better for the Cubans. Right now the embargo is hardly hurting Fidel.

  3. John Lemon says:

    Agreed. I am pretty much opposed to embargoes and have been for decades. I think the Cuban ex-pat community in Miami is starting to split on the issue of the embargo as well.

  4. J.Pond says:

    This gets me angry as well. It seems that there are several op-ed writers that want to change every bad regine in the world. Let’s hope that no one in power listens to them.