As the Russian warship heads for Cuba one has to wonder. Is this what Joe Biden predicted (or precipitated)? Is this Obama's first test?
Obama said he would close Gitmo during the campaign but many think he will go slow with the advice of aides.
One of the doctors I work with in Honduras got her medical degree in Cuba. After the free schooling she was obligated to stay and work for a few years. She made $15 a month. It was barely enough to exist. Her apartment was a one room 10' x 12' walk up.
Whatever is on that ship will be welcomed by the Cubans. Food, fresh water, shoes....
The doctor ate bread in Cuba. Bread is cheaper than tortillas.
There are no U.S. ships bearing gifts for Cubans. Obama was criticized when during the campaign he said he would open talks with the Cuban officials. If he is going to let the Russian ship (and others) dock in Cuba then he had better know that he will have undermined U.S. strategy that has been in place since Che and Fidel. Is this the first unofficial act of his administration...to change foreign policy in one of the world's five communist nations...without firing a word?
The doctor married a colleague and the two of them lived in the little place. But..they did have $30 a month. They wanted freedom over anything else. My friend left for her homeland. Her husband could not follow. In Honduras she is the only one at the table that eats bread.