Wednesday December 07, 2016
Archive - 2014
Is there any element of U.S. foreign policy that has failed more abjectly than our embargo of Cuba?
When I hear hawks denouncing President Barack Obama for resolving to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease the embargo, I don't understand the logic. Is their argument that our policy didn't work for the first half-century but maybe will work after 100 years?
Pope Francis got into the holiday spirit this year by calling on shoppers not to buy products made by modern-day slaves.
This is, of course, excellent advice. Odds are, most of us — whether Catholic or not — would love to take it.
But how? Most products don’t come with tags specifying whether or not slave labor was used in their production.
Sen. Charles Schumer gave Democrats a talking-to about their obligation to stand up for government's role in helping struggling middle-income Americans -- and his message got swallowed up by a few paragraphs on health care.
The U.S. embargo on Cuba - or what's left of it after President Obama's dramatic Cuba policy announcement - may be a futile gesture. But it is, or was, not an empty gesture.
It takes a lot to shake the jaded White House press corps. So when I walked into the briefing room last Thursday and a reporter friend greeted me with "Wow, this is a legacy day," when another reporter observed that Obama was ending his sixth year with a "thunderclap," and when Press Secretary Josh Earnest began his briefing by noting what a "historic day" it was at the White House, you knew something really big was up.
What is it that makes the holiday movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life" feel so ancient? It's the relationships, but which ones?
Not George Bailey's warm and loving family. We have close families today. It's not the far-off relationships, as with long-lost school friends. We have more of them than ever, thanks to Facebook and other digital communities.
Is it just me, or is this world completely off balance? I started my day thinking I would write about the crack in our bullying of Cuba; however, all the other news pouring in deflated my delight in that bit of common sense regarding that island so near our Florida shore. Suffice it to say, AT LONG LAST. IT'S ABOUT TIME.
President Obama's historic opening to Cuba is long overdue -- and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship's demise. Critics of the accord should explain why they believe a policy that has failed miserably for half a century could ever work.