Marco Rubio and other prominent Republicans are fuming over the fact that the U.S. has re-opened its embassy in Cuba after more than 50 years. Even some conservative Democrats are joining the fray. They say it is wrong for the U.S. to have an embassy in a communist country that regularly violates human rights. Okay, I can see where they are coming from but I don’t understand their hypocrisy on this matter. Why do they not seem to have a problem with the U.S. having embassies in countries like China and Vietnam? Both of them are communist countries who regularly violate human rights, just like Cuba does.
What’s the difference? And the in the case of Vietnam, we left a lot of blood and treasure there in a futile attempt to keep the communists from taking over the entire country. Many of the people who are part of their current regime are responsible for killing thousands of Americans. The names engraved on the Vietnam Memorial serve as a constant reminder. How many of our soldiers were killed by those who are currently in power in Cuba? It seems to me that if we are going to be staunchly opposed to having an embassy in any country, it would be Vietnam rather than Cuba.