"It shows respect for the Cuban people by acting on the premise that Cubans themselves know what is in their best interest."
Louis A Perez Jr, J. Carlyle Sitterson professor of history and the director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has a nice take on the Cuba-US diplomatic opening published at the CNN web site. Not only is it an admission that US policy toward Cuba since 1960 of trying to starve the people of Cuba into overthrowing their leaders is a failure, Perez writes, not only is it an admission that Cubans have the right to try Socialism if they want to, it might signal a reversal of the long held US belief that it has a right to dictate to Latin America.
"To speak to Cuba is to speak to Latin America," Perez writes.
Hopefully. The US is still actively trying to overthrow the Socialist government of Venezuela, having spent more than $100 million over the past 12 years in USAID funding alone on building opposition groups representing Venezuela's old oligarchy who desperately want a return to the old US plantation Capitalism days, as well as CIA and other covert funding.