The U.S. is officially in Cuba now. After 54 years of a tense and frozen relationship, Secretary of State John Kerry has raised the flag of his country in the very same region that has given the most problems to American politics in decades. He is the highest-level official from Washington who has visited Cuba in a very long time; a milestone in the recent history of both countries.
This fact is the last step of the events that began in the capital of the United States last July 20, when the Cuban embassy was reopened. Dissidents and opponents of the Castro brothers’ regime have not been invited; that is what I call discretion and deliberation. The democratic diplomacy in the White House knows how to do its job. If the dissidents had been invited, nobody knows how the long-lived revolutionaries would have reacted, since they have always considered their opponents on the island as treacherous mercenaries.
Kerry, along with Roberta Jacobson, key figure in the American diplomacy of this process, is meeting up with his counterpart, Bruno Rodríguez. Meanwhile, in Florida, the Republicans, who are against the normalization of relations with Cuba, keep claiming from the rooftops that these concessions to Havana are a “reward without benefits.” However, the pending negotiations to be carried out by Washington and Havana will take place in the ideal diplomatic setting.