Why have we been denying ourselves Cuban cigars all of these years??? For politics? Craziness.
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Cuba is going to be drawn into the fold by virtue of the current global order, and its need to avoid further slipping into desolation. We can at least say that Cuba has lasted all this time, with limited means. I think what the U.S. really is seeking from Cuba is acknowledgement that its political way of life has been unsuccessful; doing so puts one more nail in the coffin of communism. People sit around saying that Cuba is in dire poverty, it's failing, etc... but as long as Cuba doesn't own up to that, it will just look like we are capitulating to them by lifting any embargo.
I reluctantly agree that Fidel must be out of the picture before we can really look forward. His legacy there is powerful and long-lasted.
We are already doing limited trades with Cuba and the kinds of goods allowed seem to increase incrementally each year. IMO this is wise trade policy. As people in Cuba gradually receive goods, they will want more, and this will increase political pressure for internal change; and because it's so gradual, it doesn't look invasive on our part.
End the embargo, the Cold War ended over 20 years ago. Embargos do nothing but hurt the people they supposedly help.
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As for lifting the embargo, I'm for it. If our second largest trade partner and primary bank is the People's Republic of China, it seems stupid to have an embargo on a two-bit nation. The embargo is more about appeasing anti-Castroites in Miami than political ideology.