Today Barack Obama landed in Cuba, the Communist regime that the human rights group Reporters Without Borders calls the worst regime in the western hemisphere when it comes to human rights.
This is an enormous coup for the Castros, who have run Cuba as their personal prison island for more than half a century.
(Hours before Air Force One landed, Cuba’s secret police arrested democracy activists, while others were ordered not to meet with Obama.)
I supposed there are arguably some reasons to engage with Cuba:
More American tourists means more people speaking about freedom; more investment means more free enterprise. Most of it would be skimmed by the Castros, of course.
But America isn't getting, or even asking for, anything in return.
Other than Iran and Cuba you name me a single country that is closer to the United States, more supportive of it now, than when Obama took over from George W. Bush?