Open Cuba; close Guantanamo

Bang! That’s how the Cuban Revolution began. Fidel Castro’s “permanent revolution” is now on the verge of going out with a whimper.

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro in December during a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Soweto, South Africa.

As importantly, America’s historic lapse on Cuban soil is also about to disappear.

American polls show new support for normalizing relations with Cuba. Leading U.S. politicians such as Florida’s Charlie Crist and major media now advocate for change in the adversarial half-century policy that pits the United States against the tiny island nation. President Barack Obama’s recent handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro became a thawing gesture felt round the world.

The inevitability of normalized relations is just a question of timing. Will it come prior to the 2016 presidential elections? Or will it just take the passing of 87-year-old Fidel Castro, now more reclusive in his twilight? (read more)