Regarding Jennifer Rubin’s Right Turn blog excerpt “Hagel’s Cuba problem” [op-ed, Jan. 14]:

Whether you agree or disagree with former senator Chuck Hagel’s positions on foreign policy, to suggest that he was clueless or ill-informed on Cuba policy during his time in the Senate badly mischaracterizes a statesman who was an active member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a frequent world traveler. Mr. Hagel’s prior statements on Cuba are well known and today their sentiments are shared by a majority of Americans, who recognize the failure of the U.S. embargo to change policy in Cuba and the absurdity of providing the regime there with an excuse for deprivation and hardship.

Jake Colvin, Washington

The writer is vice president of the National Foreign Trade Council.