Following is a copy of an e-mail that I sent to Douglas A. Irwin, the John Sloan Dickey Professor of Social Sciences at Dartmouth College, my alma mater, in Hanover, NH. I wrote to Prof. Irwin to comment upon his editorial in the Wall Street Journal (12/18/14) regarding President Obama's plans to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba.
Dear Professor Irwin:
I read your editorial in the Wall Street Journal Online (12/17/14, 7:00 p.m., Pacific Time), in which you expressed your favorable opinion of President Obama's announced plans to restore diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba.
As an alumnus, I love Dartmouth, and am willing to give its geographically isolated faculty members a pass when it comes to describing how the real world works. After all, Hanover is a long way from Havana, Moscow, Beijing, Caracas, and other shining examples of economic and political freedom.
I disagree with your thesis extolling the predicted salutary effects of normalized relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Instead, I see a narcissistic president acting out the Marxist, anti-colonialist dreams of his father and grasping for a legacy, while an authoritarian regime receives a life-line.
William L. (Bill) Robbins, D'83
P.S. I see you studied at Columbia. Same here. MBA, Class of '88