Credit where due to Sen. John Boozman, who sees the futility of nearly 60 years of isolation of Cuba. Junior Sen. Tom Cotton remains a hard-liner, as in all things.
Statements from the senators on the resumption today of diplomatic relations with Cuba, one of President Obama’s growing list of achievements:
“While there were good intentions behind our isolation policy toward Cuba, it simply has not worked. We’ve run the same play over and over again for fifty years and the results have not changed. That’s why I support the decision to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba and reopen our respective embassies. This will create a conduit to send American goods and services to Cuba and, along with that, American ideas. That truly is the way you change the world. A free and open Cuba is not going to materialize under isolation. It is time to try a new approach.”
“Restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba despite the Castro brothers’ continued oppression of the Cuban people and their efforts to oppose U.S. interests is a grave mistake. It is unacceptable that the President has opened an embassy in Havana before opening one in Jerusalem, and it sends the wrong message to our enemies and allies alike. We must stand up to the Cuban regime and stand with the Cuban people. Rest assured, I will work to maintain and increase sanctions on the regime, block the confirmation of a new ambassador, demand the extradition of U.S. fugitives from justice, and hold the Castro regime accountable.”