Yesterday I posted an interview with Dhoruba bin Wahad about the Assata Shakur/Jay-Z connection. While I agree there is a link, my explanation is simpler.
Obama wants to normalize relations with Cuba, but not with noble intent. He wants to do what he always does, make right wing dreams come true. Hugo Chavez is dead, the Castros are old men. What better time to resurrect the doctrine that the U.S. should control this hemisphere?
The only thing standing in his way is right won't reaction. No problem. Tell the Cubans that Shakur is the price they must pay to end sanctions. I believe that is the message that Jay-Z delivered.