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Bill Richardson

Turning a page on Cuba

Turning a page on Cuba

The release today of Alan Gross, the American contractor from Maryland held captive for five years in a Cuban prison on trumped up espionage charges, signals not only the long-awaited return of an unjustly accused man to his family and friends but also a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the island nation. The U.S. effort to force the Cuba's communist government from power through economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation never achieved its intended purpose, but it did succeed in creating a 50-year rift between the two countries that benefited neither. This change in direction was long overdue. Mr. Gross, who worked for a nonprofit group under contract to the U.S. Agency for...