Reform in Cuba

The reforms announced today by Raul Castro are hardly the last word in fixing Cuba's screwed-up economic system (and, of course, as we've learned from China economic reform needn't have any particularly close connection to political reform) but it's certainly a step in the right direction. It's high time for the United States to take a step in the right direction of our own by lifting some of the more draconian of our embargo-related restrictions on travel and so forth to Cuba.

At the end of the day, both domestic economic reform and an end to American economic warfare are going to be necessary to alleviate the sorry conditions of the Cuban people.