Time to end the Cuban embargo

“I challenge Mr. Bush to tear down this embargo,” said Mississippi cotton farmer John Newcomb, borrowing Ronald Reagan’s famous 1987 line to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the Berlin Wall.

I am usually suspicious of the agriculture lobby but dropping the embargo makes a lot of sense. At this time, Fidel is pretty much rendered invalid, I doubt that ending the embargo would result in a more powerful, richer communist government. The influx of Cuban-American emigres would take care of that. Interestingly, the article points out that the US already exports more food to Cuba than any other. Cuba needs trade partners. If the US won’t let US businesses sell to Cuba, then China, Vietnam, and Venezuala will benefit from the Cuban market.

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One Response to “Time to end the Cuban embargo”

  1. wdporter Says:

    embargoes have always confused me. Although a necessary tool (and a preferred option obviously to things like military intervention) I’ve never been convinced that the effects are long-term.

    Apparently the White House is pushing for increased trade embargoes on the Sudan. We’ll see how that works.


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