The Necessity of the U.S. to Advance towards the Dissolution of the Cuban Embargo

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The U.S. currently maintains a relic of the Cold War Era, which is not only unnecessary but holds a possible threat to US-Latin American relations. The initial intent of the embargo was to escape the communist threat posed to the U.S. by Cuba’s alignment with the Soviet Union. However this is no longer a viable reason to maintain the sanctions against Cuba, due to the fall of the Soviet Union and their funding. With a proposed movement towards the termination of the Cuban Embargo, the United States economy has the potential to make an estimated $4.84 billion in exports on an annual basis, and to create a multitude of jobs. With the current economic state of not only the U.S., and Cuba but Latin Americas, now is the ideal time to take remove the sanctions currently imposed on Cuba and establish and begin taking steps towards a friendly relationship with Cuba. Background: Cuba and the United States have not always maintained a resistance in relations. This drift in relations reached a stalemate due to Cold War diplomacy. It was at this time President John F. Kennedy signed Proclamation 3447-Embargo on All Trade with Cuba, also known as the Cuban Embargo, into effect February 3, 1962 as retaliation for Cuban-Soviet relations. The intent of the embargo has remained a point of contention between the essential diplomatic relations, necessary for development on the free world. Cuba further hindered the progression of relations when they shot down to U.S. planes in 1996. Which left the U.S. recourse for the implementation of further sanctioning, in the form of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act; also known as the Helms-Burton Legislation. This would be the incorporation of all sanctions previously imposed as well as giving t... ... middle of paper ... ...ses would grow for both countries as each step is taken towards to removal of the sanctions. This step down measure will allow for the United States to maintain “face” with the remainder of the world, to include those countries with currently have U.S. imposed sanctions. With the removal of an outdated proposal and new policy instituted, a demand for the adherence to the rules of the sanctions would still be required. This is an important part of the policy as it will ensure those with imposed sanctions do not develop the idea they can simply “wait out” the U.S on their demands and receive what they desire, nor will have the ability to seize American property without retribution. This will allow for the governments to work towards the goal of relaxation of tensions and providing a prosperous economy for their countries, while maintain the status of both countries.

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