by Carlos Alberto Montaner
The upcoming January 21st visit to Cuba by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Roberta Jacobson, aimed at officially restarting a dialogue with the Castro dictatorship, will prove to be problematic. The diplomat, who has always showed concern about issues of human rights on the island, will arrive in a very weakened position, as President Barack Obama has previously given away all of the U.S.’s negotiating leverage. Ms. Jacobson will now have working against her, at the very least, the five worst mistakes Obama made in his new Cuba policy.
To assume that he was ending a policy that had not worked. That’s not true. The aim to liquidate the communist regime ceased to exist in 1964, when Lyndon Johnson ended, by a stroke of the pen, all subversive operations against Castro and activated a strategy of “contention” somehow similar to the one used against the Soviet Union, based on three basic elements: propaganda, restricted economic relations and political isolation.