I took a couple of weeks off from blogging, mostly because there seemed so little new going on: Democrats propose, Republicans oppose. Ho Hum.

But now, comes news: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29951874//

Yes, we Americans may soon be able to travel to Cuba without slinking through Canada. Cuban immigration will be able to stamp American passports, memorializing their visit. A failed American policy will soon see its sunset.

While unrestricted travel does not change regimes (e.g., China), it does ultimately result in economic changes that over time can influence those regimes. Certainly, the American policy toward Cuba served primarily to isolate it, but did not remove Castro from power. Castro wants American dollars for his economy. Ultimately, those dollars would likely play less of a role in maintaining the status quo there and play a larger role in enhancing the quality of life and economic expectations of Cubans. Over time, this could result in increased momentum towards a less restrictive regime, which Raul Castro already appears to be considering.

For reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with politics I am looking forward to an opportunity to see Cuba. If it was good enough for Hemingway and the Mafia, there must be something there for me.

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