Breaking Up the D.C. Latin America Policy Cartel

It was Fourth of July recess week in Washington, D.C. this week. A good time of the year to catch up with colleagues, especially those working on Capitol Hill. One of the many meetings I had this week focused on recent developments in the Western Hemisphere, especially Latin America and the Caribbean. Frankly, some of the …

Trump Re-Orientation of U.S. Cuba Policy Long Overdue, It Will Help U.S. Companies Make Informed Decisions

President Donald Trump’s re-orientation of policy, outlined primarily in his National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba (NSPM-5) was long overdue. NSPM-5, the U.S. Code, and the Cuban Assets Control Regulations will help you filter out the political noise. There is a lot of misinformation being disseminated about …

Trump Walking in Reagan’s Footsteps, Forges Path for Liberty by Putting U.S. Interests First

For decades Republican and Democratic presidents make perfunctory political pilgrimages to South Florida, Havana North, the political home of the Cuban Diaspora. With the exception, I think, of Jimmy Carter, every American President since John F. Kennedy has visited Miami to seek support from Americans of Cuban ancestry or, as President Donald Trump will do …

A Barrier at the U.S.-Mexico Border, A First and Necessary Step

Much has been said about President Trump’s Executive Order on “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” issued on January 25th. Some of it good, a lot of it, political noise. However, rarely included in the discussions on this Presidential action is the comment by the Israeli Prime Minister. For example, on 1/28/2017 at 10:55 a.m., …

“Full Review” of U.S.-Cuba Policy Underway

For US-Cuba policy watchers, a nugget yesterday. The media, lobbyists, and other groups are reading too many of the policy tea leaves on what White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, or did not say, about Cuba yesterday at the daily press briefing. Here is Spicer’s exact response to the US-Cuba policy question yesterday: “We are …

The Latest Democratic Party Boogeyman, It is Un-American

The author of a recent op-ed or New York Times blog post pens that Donald Trump “has attacked the C.I.A. and dismissed its conclusions” and that Trump “does not value their work and does not trust their conclusions.”  Of course, Vicki Divoll is wrong. Donald Trump has done no such thing and she, and those who …

The Bigger Picture

  The Russians had nothing to do with Hillary’s loss to Trump.  Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump because her campaign made some mistakes in terms of election strategy.  Her staff failed to adapt to the political terrain of 2016.  They assumed that they would get a turnout to near Obama’s level in 2008 and …