Other Republican presidential candidates, from Ted Cruz to Jeb Bush, took a similar stance even though many Republicans and a majority of Cuban Americans now support normalized relations. It's as if the Cold War had never ended, as if today we don't have diplomatic relations with China, Russia, Vietnam and other one-time antagonists. Only little Cuba, ninety miles off our coast, still serves as our designated outlaw nation, our pet pariah.
Why? To what conceivable end, other than to satisfy old angers and resentments? We are not, or should not be, the petty nation that some would make us.