Obama has gone back further to the failed policy of embargo and isolation that was supposed to bring The Cuban Revolution to its knees in the 1960s.
60 years later, Cuba has reformed but not changed its system while we still refuse to officially recognize its existence.
Our country, born in revolution, still won't recognize Iran's Revolution of 33 years ago either, Instead, in the name of diplomacy, The White House has released an executive order imposing tough new sanctions on Tehran,
When I asked Iran's President Ahmadinejad during a very recent trip there if he would talk to Washington, he told me they wouldn't talk to him or his government
So much for diplomacy!
Does anyone remember how covert diplomacy with Iran in 1980 delayed the release of the hostages, a policy that helped conservative hero Ronald Reagan win election?
Instead, of any diplomacy, the United States is sending more Naval armadas to surround Iran while it is suspected that Israel has been assassinating its scientists and sabotaging its nuclear program with sophisticated viruses.
Everyday new bombing threats are being heard, shades of Dick Cheney singing "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran"." Hahaha!
To my surprise, most of the Iranians I spoke to at a recent conference I attended in Tehran seemed not as alarmed as I thought they would be. Most, naively perhaps, believe that the US or Israel would not dare attack Iran because it is too strong and will retaliate.
That is certainly the rhetoric we are hearing from the country's Supreme Ruler Khomeini.
His response to sanctions seems to be "bring them on," arguing they will only force Iran into becoming stronger militarily and more self-reliant economically.
He has responded to our threats with some of his own, taking tough about supporting resistance to Israel and countering US initiatives. His hard line is becoming harder in response to ours.
The New York Times reports growing anxiety among Iran's middle classes.
Already there have been reports of new military maneuvers in Iran and US troops being dispatched to islands off the coat of Yemen, near Iran.
Under Republican and Israeli criticisms, Obama feels he has to appear even tougher. "Appear" is the operative word.
But remember that saying , " When the going gets tough, the tough get going "