The Biden administration on Monday lifted several Trump-era restrictions on Cuba, saying the removal of certain sanctions would help the Cuban people.
The next day, administration officials said they were preparing to ease sanction on Venezuela to encourage peaceful negotiations between the regime of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro and the opposition.
Both decisions drew bipartisan backlash this week, with lawmakers and activists decrying the new measures as concessions that will embolden left-wing, authoritarian governments.
What do you think? Is the administration only encouraging further oppression by showing weakness, or is engagement the way to help the oppressed peoples of Cuba and Venezuela and potentially soften the regimes’ hostility? Here’s your chance to weigh in: