U.S. diplomats in Cuba would do well to focus on human rights

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S opening to Cuba is based on the hope that, after more than a half-century of hostility from the United States, a surge of commerce, information and travel will somehow erode the rigid authoritarian state built by Fidel Castro and now presided over by his brother, Raúl. The assumption is questionable: The opening, including Monday’s reestablishment of embassies, could well enhance rather than undermine the regime. The United States has diplomatic relations with...

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