I always thought normalized relations with Cuba would be on the way when President Obama assumed office. On the contrary, things appear to be about where they have always been. It shouldn't be much of a shock; Cuba has always needed the U.S. embargo to blame for when things go wrong as well as foster a sense of isolation in the populace. When there is even a hint of a thaw, you can count on Cuba doing something to make it difficult for the U.S. to normalize relations. I daresay the election must have created something of a panic down Havana way. Not to worry though, there has been a odd quietness from the relations crowd lately.
Personally I think the embargo needs to end, the sooner the better. Question is how. I think it is time to turn Guantanamo Bay into a free trade zone. I was thinking Hong Kong at first, but since the American turf is between Liechtenstein and San Marino in size, it will just have to be a capitalist Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy.
I know some will argue that it is too valuable as a military base, but if something is too valuable, it shouldn't be. American bases really don't belong where they are not wanted, and if we really had change in mind for Cuba, there is no better way than giving them what they say they want-and on their own soil too.