Shortly after midnight on Monday, and after decades of oppression and human rights violations, the United States has all but pardoned communist Cuba for their past crimes by restoring full diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Cold War era stand off between the communist nation of Cuba and America has ended, as the Cuban flag was raised inside the lobby of the State Department where the flags of other nations that already have diplomatic ties with the U.S. hang.
Ironically, it was a Democrat president (Kennedy) who first frosted diplomatic relations between the two countries, and now another Democrat president (Obama) has thawed out those relations.
Expect Cuban-American politicians like Senators Marco Rubio (R) Bob Menendez (D) and Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R), Carlos Curbelo (R) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R) to all have a say on the official hanging of the Cuba flag in the U.S.
The historic shift will be publicly memorialized later Monday when Cuban officials formally inaugurate their embassy in Washington and Cuba’s blue, red and white-starred flag will fly for the first time since the countries severed ties in 1961. Secretary of State John Kerry will then meet his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez, and address reporters at a joint news conference.-FNL