As news shot around the world that the moment all Cuban exiles had waited for, Cuban president Fidel Castro had resigned, there is reason for pause.
The dictator’s brother Raul has been given control over the country. Fidel had been out of sight for months because of health issues and sources close to the former president said he hung on to his power reigns as long as he possibly could.
What does this mean for the U.S.?
Well, for one thing, Raul is known as being as much of a dictator-favoring politician as his brother. So in the meantime, expect no change in the current policy emerging out of Havana.
Raul, himself a little old, may be looking for his own successor.
As U.S. and international pressure mounts, it may be time for Cuba to finally face the democracy music. That is certainly the case for the thousands who took to the streets of Miami to celebrate the resignation of the only man they’ve known to have run their homeland.
At least there is hope.