So the US has now re-established diplomatic relations with Cuba: Does that mean you can now buy Dad a box of Cuban cigars for Christmas?
Unfortunately, no. President Obama can do a lot to normalize relations with Cuba via exercise of his presidential powers. But the embargo that outlaws American purchases of Cuban products will remain in place unless and until Congress lifts it. Obama’s action leaves Congressional Republicans in the untenable position of perpetuating a policy that hasn’t produced results in more than fifty years, but recognition of reality has never been their long suit.
So Dad’s cigars may have to wait for more Christmases than just this one.