Seems that everybody from the Castro brothers to WaPo editorial writers to the Pope have been wetting their undergarments with excitement over the the promise of normalizing the USA-Cuba relationship.
Not so fast!
Look around the neighbourhood...
Mexico has enjoyed "normalized" relations with Uncle Sam since the middle of the 19th century. Mexico trails Cuba on virtually any quality-of-life index. Mexico is for all practical purposes a failed state.
Then there's Honduras and Guatemala, both of them enjoying "normal" relations throughout the era of the Cuban embargo. How has that worked out for them? They too are failed states.
And how about Haiti? Haiti too has long enjoyed normal relations with the USA, and Haiti is the very embodiment of a failed state.
Cuba since the revolution has been a poor country, but with many success stories. All things considered, it is the very antithesis of a failed state.
So why all the jubilation over normalizing relations with the US?