The American Conservative-- normalizing relations with Cuba is well overdue. The Castro brothers are very old, the Soviet Union is very done, and there is a benefit in making things easier for Cuban-American to contact their families still there and for trading with Cuba.
I understand that the regime of Fidel Castro was far from ideal--but we have relationships with Saudi Arabia and China, and were cozy enough with Egypt's Mubarek, who was not a saint. Also, someone explain to me how you protest Communism with an economic embargo? It seems like the capitalistic way would be to want trade. They export cigars--we export capitalism. Works for me.
I feel like opposition to normalizing relations with our near neighbor is a case of living in the past. It isn't 1961 anymore. We can kiss the Cold War goodbye--or even just shake hands and let it go.