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It makes sense for the US to normalize relations with Cuba before the ailing dictator Fidel Castro dies. It's sort of a "diplomatic foot in the door" approach to being at the head of the line of mourners, wishing the survivors well.
By the way, Guantanamo is where the terrorists are living in Cuba. Fear mongers who want to stir up the human rights violations in Cuba are apparently unaware of what's going on in Guantanamo.
Creating normal international relations with Cuba will improve the US ability to protect our national interest, as per the Monroe Doctrine.
The Monroe Doctrine was a US foreign policy regarding Latin American countries, in 1823. It stated that further efforts by European nations to colonize land or interfere with states in North or South America would be viewed as acts of aggression, requiring U.S. intervention.
President James Monroe (5th President of the US) was the first to state the doctrine during his seventh annual State of the Union Address to Congress. The term "Monroe Doctrine" itself was coined in 1850. By the end of the nineteenth century, Monroe's declaration was seen as a defining moment in the foreign policy of the United States and one of its longest-standing tenets. It would be invoked by many U.S. statesmen and several U.S. presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and many others.
The intent and impact of the Monroe Doctrine persisted with only minor variations for more than a century. Its primary objective was to free the newly independent colonies of Latin America from European intervention and avoid situations which could make the New World a battleground for the Old World powers, so that the United States could exert its own influence, undisturbed.
The doctrine asserted that the New World and the Old World were to remain distinctly separate spheres of influence, for they were composed of entirely separate and independent nations.
In my opinion, one reason Senator Rubio is acting upset about President Obama's action to normalize relations with Cuba is because he's jealous. It's possible Senator Rubio was saving this surprise strategy for his own campaign, to win the Cuban/Latino vote in a national election and President Obama upstaged the entire roll out. Now, Rubio and Bush will have to defend their positions on President Obama's Cuban actions. Cuban Americans who oppose President Obama's normalization action are literally living the the 1950s. Obviously, Americans have normalized relations with many previous enemy nations including Japan, Germany and Vietnam. Surely, being on normal diplomatic turf with Cuba is long overdue.