Over the years, relationships the United States has had with other countries have undergone profound metamorphoses. Consider: Today, Russia is no longer thought of as the “Evil Empire.” China, while not the closest ally, has been given most favored nation status. But in the last 50 years, one nation has consistently maintained its status as a sworn enemy of the U.S. One leader, now the longest ruling on Earth, has a perfect record of opposing the U.S. despite military threats, embargos, sanctions and general opposition around the world. The country: Cuba; the leader: Fidel Castro.
Now, with support for the U.S. around the world dwindling, Cuba has officially requested to become an associate member of the $727 billion Latin American trade group Mercosur.