John Bolton says that even worse than the mistake of dealing with Cuba bilaterally is the message this sends to the world:
The president for his own ideological reasons has reversed 55 years of American policy. So our adversaries all around the world will be saying ‘two years to go in the Obama administration; now is the time to line up and get what we want.’
This is a very, very bad signal of weakness and lack of resolve by the President of the United States.
Regarding Cuba itself, Bolton says it is a mistake to think that giving Cuba a benefit will suddenly turn it into a free society. And he plainly calls Obama’s policy on Cuba ‘appeasement’.