High Time to End the Failed Embargo
Word of talks on these issues comes as a poll of Cuban-Americans, mostly in Florida, shows support for the embargo eroding among the people who have been its crucial supporters of the years.
The embargo has had holes poked in it, but it’s time to dump it altogether, or at least lift travel restrictions on any Americans wishing to visit the island.
In April, President Obama lifted restrictions on Cuban-American traveling to Cuba and sending remittances to relatives there, essentially reversing Bush Administration tightening of restrictions.
Obama also permitted U.S. telecommunications firms to do business in Cuba. In 2000, Congress allowed Cuba to buy U.S. agricultural products with cash. U.S. biotech firms have limited freedom to develop drugs created in Cuba.
However glacial the progress, change is coming in Cuba.
There is no convincing evidence of political reform, but as Fidel Castro fades there are signs of the economic realism that has transformed China into a much freer, more prosperous country. China is still a dictatorship, but its prospects for reform there are much improved.
The same can be true with Cuba if we help it re-engage with the free world.
Urge our leaders to end this failed policy.