1) Obama feels unshackled, liberated. After the midterm elections, he did his unilateral amnesty. A few weeks later, he granted the Castros full recognition. In a sense, he gave them a unilateral amnesty.
He has nothing to fear, nothing to check him — certainly not the voters. And he has a full two years left to go. That’s a long time. Obama can inflict a lot of damage — a lot of further damage — in two years.
What’s next? What’s his next move?
The left-wing candy shop is open. Obama is free to act on his left-most impulses. You can almost see the delight in his face and in his body language.
I half-expect him to appear in a Che Guevara T-shirt . . .
2) For many years, I have thought, “The U.S. will lift the embargo shortly before the Cuban dictatorship collapses — and everyone will say it was because of the lifting of the embargo.”
I believe — i.e., I believe experts who believe — that the dictatorship will soon collapse. People will then credit Obama. They’ll say, “See? Should have done it years before!”