Eight different United States presidents have changed the Cuban embargo since its ratification, over the last 56 years. It was first enacted partially by the Eisenhower administration in 1960. It was not until 1962 that President John F. Kennedy signed a full trade embargo against Cuba. The travel restrictions were later placed in 1963, and remained in place until removed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. Then in 1982, President Ronald Reagan reenacted the travel restriction. President Bill Clinton signed an amendment allowing the sale of medical products and agricultural good. Then in 2009, President Barack Obama removed travel restrictions to Cuba, and he is working on removing the embargo all together. (ProCon.org) It has been over half a century since the embargo has been placed against Cuba and it has not accomplished what it was intended to do. There are many reasons why the Cuban Embargo should be dissolved seeing how it is not working as intended.
Some of the critics say that the United States needs to keep the embargo until the Cuban government makes the changes needed, such as ending all terrorist activities, transiting to democracy, and improving human rights. As stated by Ruben Barrios, “The trade embargo grew out of a geopolitical concern that no longer exists. Cuba is no longer supporting insurgency abroad.” (Par. 3) Illinois Democratic representative Booby Rush stated, “With the end of the cold war and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba is no longer a threat to the United States or the Western Hemisphere.” (Tymins, par. 3) The United States works openly with all types of governments in different countries, including ones that are not democratic. According to an annual ...
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...lower-cost food and other goods that could be bought from the United States.” (par.4) In Cuba’s case, the embargo only affects trading with the United States, not the rest of the world. However, the Castro regime led their citizens to believe that the United States was the cause of their economic troubles. This isolation and propaganda only helps keep the Castro regime in power.
Depending on the next presidential election, the Cuban embargo may be completely dissolved or it may be reenacted and possibly tightened. There have been many discussions about the benefits and drawbacks to lifting the embargo. As President Barack Obama said in his speech, “The history of the United States and Cuba encompass revolution and conflict; struggle and sacrifice; retribution and, now, reconciliation. It is time, now, for us to leave the past behind.” (Obama, Par. 57)
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