It sounds like a subplot in a James Bond movie: U.S. diplomats in Cuba sickened by mysterious “sonic” attacks.

Reportedly, at least 22 U.S. embassy employees since November have suffered hearing loss, headaches and other conditions from what are described as acoustic attacks from an unknown source. Although the Trump administration has not blamed the Cuban government — and Havana denies any involvement — the president has announced the expulsion of almost two-thirds of Cuba’s diplomatic corps in the U.S. The administration also has issued a travel warning for Americans planning to visit Cuba.

So naturally, apologists for President Obama’s goodwill visit last year to the communist isle say President Trump is kicking dirt on diplomacy. But the dirt-kicking began with a fiery manifesto from Fidel Castro not long after Mr. Obama unpacked his bags from his Cuban excursion. The late Cuban dictator dissed Obama, excoriated the U.S. and insisted that America’s embargo will not soon be forgotten.

Thereafter Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez called Obama’s fence-mending “an attack on the foundation of our history, our culture and our symbols.”

Now nearly a year after the acoustic attacks began, Cuba has no explanation. And none likely will be forthcoming.

Mr. Trump’s response is justified so long as the Castro regime and its inevitable heirs remain and continue their human-rights-stifling grip on Cuba.


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