Editor's note

Last November, a strange silent attack injured several American diplomats in Cuba, causing hearing loss, dizziness and mild cognitive impairment. Nearly a year later, this baffling incident is stoking a diplomatic standoff, with Washington pulling 22 envoys from Havana in September and, on Oct. 3, expelling their Cuban counterparts from the U.S. American University’s William M. LeoGrande, a 40-year veteran of turbulent U.S.-Cuba relations, argues that this punitive decision from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is more driven by domestic politics than by foreign policy.

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The US Embassy in Havana is now more crime scene than diplomatic center as both countries look into the mysterious illnesses suffered by Foreign Service officers there. AP Photo/Desmond Boylan

Is Trump using 'health attacks' on US diplomats in Havana as an excuse to punish Cuba?

William M. LeoGrande, American University

After a baffling, silent attack on US Embassy staff in Havana, the Trump administration is using concern over its diplomats' health as an excuse to reverse Obama's rapprochement with Cuba.

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