Obama Takes Heat on Cuba at Summit of the Americas
Via Reuters: Latin America rebels against Obama over Cuba
For the first time, conservative-led U.S. allies like Mexico and Colombia are throwing their weight behind the traditional demand of leftist governments that Cuba be invited to the next Summit of the Americas.
Cuba was kicked out of the Organization of American States (OAS) a few years after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution and has been kept out of its summits due mainly to U.S. opposition.
But Latin American leaders are increasingly militant in opposing both Cuba’s exclusion and the 50-year-old U.S. trade embargo on the Caribbean island.
"The isolation, the embargo, the indifference, looking the other way, have been ineffective," Santos said. "I hope Cuba is at the next summit in three years."
Santos, a major U.S. ally in the region who has relied on Washington for financial and military help to fight guerrillas and drug traffickers, has become vocal about Cuba’s inclusion even though he also advocates for democratic reform by Havana.
The opposition exists because, quite frankly, US policy on Cuba makes no sense.
And lest anyone wonder, Santos is from the center-right and he is simply being pragmatic and reasonable on this subject.
Alas, rational pragmatism from Washington on Cuba is not likely to arrive any time soon.