Yeah, I know, I've been doing a lot of writing for EJ lately, but it seems like there's been a lot going on lately. And when I get the urge to write, EJ wants to publish it because Urbanski writes good!
And how was I not going to write about Obama's visit to Cuba, what with me being EJ's chief (and only) Latin American correspondent?
So, here's the thing about President Obama's visit: it was not like Reagan going to the USSR or Nixon going to China. Those were successes for the prestige of the United States. This was an exercise in Cuban propaganda, because Obama seemed hellbent on getting absolutely everything wrong.
The important thing, though, is not so much what Americans thought about it, but what effect it had in the Latin world. And the effect was this: it delighted those Latinos who hate America, it severely disappointed those who love America, and for all the rest it seemed to make Cuba look strong, and the U.S. very, very weak.
I explain why in today's article: How Obama's Cuban Visit Hurt Latin-American Impressions of the U.S.
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