Also good points Danjanou.
Except for one:
Name a country where testing positive for HIV meant forced confinement in a government institution against your will. Remember the Roqueros?
I thought that was the initial knee jerk reaction and they've since changed that practice considerably.
I wouldn't call Castro a saint, but he's not entirely the devil either.
I still contend that they are better off than many of us in the west would say. Compare them to any country in africa and many countries in LATAM.
Had Castro never come along I see a Cuba in much worse shape than it is in right now.
Jefe needs to change there's no question but I do have a deep place in my heart for Cuba and I and many others would not like to see Cuba corruptd in the way it was before Castro and that was all under the eyes of the US administration.
What bothers the US (and I admit I have no way of getting into the mind of an American politician) is that this is one of the administrations in their Own backyard that they do not have a transparent view of.
He might be an old, grumpy, agressive, rhetorically filled, control fetishist, BUT he is Cuba's old, grumpy, agressive, rhetorically filled, control fetishist.
Why trade a controlling tyrant in Havana for a power that has use LATAM as a puppet show?