The Monitor's View Obama's Cuban invasion

In opening official ties with Cuba, President Obama made sure to focus on the Cuban people more than the Castro regime. Globalization, such as the Internet, has empowered individuals, making governments less important to the forces of change.


When President Obama announced Dec. 17 that the United States would normalize ties with Cuba, his first words were not about the Castro regime. Rather he said the US was altering its relationship with the Cuban people. That point reflects how, in today’s globalized world, people more than governments are driving change.

The big surprise in the announcement is not about the new official ties after more than half a century. Rather, it is that Cuba and the US took so long to catch up with the global changes that have made their frozen relations seem so archaic.