AP photo / Marianna Kambon, Summit of the Americas pool
Mending fences: President Barack Obama shakes hands with Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez on Friday during the fifth Summit of the Americas, in the Trinidad and Tobago city Port of Spain.
Could it be that diplomacy works better than a my-way-or-the-highway approach when dealing with adversarial nations? Judging by President Obama’s apparent progress with the Cuban government, the answer would seem to be yes.
Los Angeles Times:
Progress toward a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations gained unexpected new momentum Friday as leaders of the two countries signaled a willingness to open potentially historic talks on issues that have bitterly divided them since the early days of the Cold War.
President Obama called for a “new beginning” with the island nation, capping a surge of gestures fed by a Cuban President Raul Castro’s declaration Thursday that his country “could be wrong” about its adversarial approach to its powerful northern neighbor.