In the Review and Outlook editorial page of today's printed Wall Street Journal, the influential newspaper called for the repeal of the Helms-Buton Act of 1996.
* Whether Fidel is sick, dead or merely testing the response of Cuba's military and political elite to the anointing of Raúl is not clear.
* Despite his brutal past, Raúl is now widely thought to be a reformer.
* Cuba watchers say that Raúl has been known to express concern about the suffering of the Cuban people under the current system and has been a consistent voice for economic change.
* Back in the 1990's Raúl pushed to allow at least some private economic activities, as well as more foreign investment, to alleviate the scarcities. A helpful step would be to repeal the 1996 Helms-Burton Act. It denies the President important discretion and reduces the possibility the U.S. could promote change through economic engagement with a post-Fidel Cuba.