10.03.17

Reaction To State Department's Announcement That It Will Expel Cuban Diplomats

We have a right and a duty to protect American diplomats serving overseas.  But before we retaliate against another country by expelling their diplomats, we should have proof that they, and not a third country or party, harmed our citizens.

We do not know who is doing this or why, yet we are punishing the Cubans for not preventing it.  That will not help solve the mystery of this serious offense, and it won’t make our diplomats safer.

We are in the early stages with Cuba on most issues, and the Cuban government has shown a willingness to discuss concerns that had not been broached before.  This will slow those discussions to a trickle.

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