It’s about time….
Now Cuba and the American Congress need to join in opening things up for its citizens and business….
Secretary of State John Kerry presided over the raising of the U.S. flag over the newly re-established American Embassy in Cuba on Friday, a landmark moment marked by hopes for the future, lingering Cold War tensions and a slew of Republican criticism.
Kerry, speaking before a select crowd that included the three Marines who lowered the American flag in Havana when the two countries broke off ties in 1961, described the decision to resume diplomatic relations as a “courageous one” by U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. But, at times speaking in Spanish, Kerry also warned that Cubans’ lives would not change overnight, and that the U.S. would continue to champion democratic principles.
“Let me be clear: The establishment of normal diplomatic relations is not something that one government does as favor to another,” said Kerry, the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the communist-led island since 1945. “It is something that two countries do together when the citizens of both will benefit.”