From the "Don't let Perfect be the Enemy of Good" file.
Perfect would be having the Castros and their closest allies die (which isn't a non-given, given their age across the board) and a democracy take control of Cuban affairs (however, this will take at least a decade to disassemble the current state of affairs.) Anya Landau French (no relation) has a clear-eyed look at re-configuring USA / Cuban relations.
Is Kerry the guy? I doubt it. He's only ever been in it for his ego, and ego won't win the day for this.
"As much as many in the Cuban government (particularly the diplomatic corps) want to reduce tensions with the United States and finally make real progress on long-standing grievances held by both sides, they aren’t desperate for the big thaw. Many U.S. analysts, including in government, speculate that this is because Cuba’s leaders don’t really want to change the relationship, that strife serves their needs better than would the alternative. That could be so, but there’s also a hefty amount of skepticism and pride on the Cuban side, as well. After so many decades and layers of what Cuba calls the U.S. blockade, Cubans are unwilling to have the terms of any ‘surrender’ dictated to them. In fact, they are bound and determined that there will be no surrender. They would argue, what is there to surrender but their government’s very existence, something the leadership obviously isn’t going to put on the table."
Brian Lloyd French
I am a great admirer of the strength and talents of Cuban people and will share some of my experiences here.