The trade embargo made sense a half century ago. During the cold war, Fidel Castro took sides with the enemy, but the Soviet Union is long gone and it's a policy that most Americans alive today can't relate to.
Now it's up to Fidel and Raoul Castro. President Obama says he wants to see democratic reforms, particularly on human rights and free speech. So, Congress will be looking for signs of change.
After almost 50 years, U.S. policy will not reverse overnight. Relations remain chilly, but for the first time in generations, a thaw is possible.
That's a page from my notebook.