The past U.S. foreign policy of “power politics” of a half-century targeting Cuba with trade embargo and nondiplomatic recognition has not worked. What will work with the Cuban government and with its good citizens is a new diplomacy of economic development between the two countries. This economic development involves opening avenues of trade, financing, investments, tourism and establishing a discourse for sister cities for the betterment of Cubans and U.S. citizens who desire to travel to Cuba for pleasure, business, investments, education, cultural and social exchange.

Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain noted the likelihood of increased markets of opportunities for Louisiana farmers and stated that resumption of trade would be a boon for the Port of New Orleans. Gary P. LaGrange, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, noted that prior to the embargo, Cuba was the port’s biggest trade partner.

Economic ties between the two nations involving free market capitalism is a better course for our foreign policy to effect democratic values for Cubans.

I commend President Barack Obama for taking the courageous political step forward in thawing the harsh relationships between the United States and the Republic of Cuba.

Jerry W. Doyle

retired federal employee

Alexandria