To the editor: William M. LeoGrande writes like a football coach at halftime, laying out the other guy's weakness so he can beat him big on the second half. But U.S.-Cuba relations are no game, and LeoGrande forgets that President
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Recently, in reaction to both governments' announcements, a group of four important dissident groups inside Cuba demanded minimum conditions for lifting the U.S. economic embargo: first, unconditional release of all political prisoners (so far, only 53 of the estimated 10,000 currently in prison have been agreed upon); second, have Havana abide by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which it has signed; third, have the regime formally recognize civil society leaders that are at odds with the state; and finally, undertake constitutional reforms that lead eventually to free elections.
If Cuban President Raul Castro can abide by these rules, the game changes and we can all win big.
Enrico Mario Santí, Claremont
The writer is a professor of Hispanic studies at the University of Kentucky.