The Worst of All Possible Cubas
Realpolitik: A Brief History
Good evening, podcast listeners! We have an excellent episode for you this week as our host Richard Aldous speaks with Mike Gonzalez about the recent decision to normalize relations with Cuba, before welcoming John Bew back to the show to discuss the “special relationship” between Britain and the U.S.
We’re first joined by Heritage Foundation senior fellow Mike Gonzalez, who criticizes Obama for recently shaking hands with Raul Castro. He juxtaposes that choice with the President’s decision not to meet with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Gonzalez questions the wisdom of normalizing relations with Cuba, and sees public sentiment ultimately swinging against it. He argues that beyond America’s interests in the country, this normalization will create a grim reality for Cuba itself. He also shares his unique insight on what it was like to grow up in Castro’s Cuba.
Then, John Bew— a reader at the War Studies Department at King’s College London and former Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Library of Congress— returns to the show to discuss U.S.-UK relations. He examines the degree to which foreign policy and Britain’s relationship with the U.S. is figuring into the country’s upcoming election.
Bew notes a seeming dissatisfaction in America with British foreign policy, and discusses the lasting effect the Iraq war has had on the United Kingdom’s policy. He describes what he sees as a generational gap in influential strategists in the Anglo-American world. Finally, he argues that while the Western world order has encouraged both global trade and stability, it has also entailed plenty of hypocrisy, which we ignore at our own peril.