Let’s keep this in perspective: A U.S. embargo is never going to starve Cuba into submission, because everybody else trades with them. But if we drop the embargo, that means 1) a lot more Americans get to visit Cuba and 2) a lot more Cubans get to visit America. If you want to destabilize the regime*, that’s the way to do it.
It’s mainly the Miami Cubans, voting in a swing state, who have kept the embargo in place 20 years after the Cold War ended.
Really, it is that long since Castro has been any threat to anyone beyond his own shores. The names “Communism” and “Marxism” have lost their power to conjure – the Zapatista rebels in Mexico do not even bother to call themselves “Marxist”; if their rebellion had started 20 or even 10 years earlier, they would have as a matter of course. Not even the Chavistas of Venezuela’s clearly LW “Bolivarian Revolution” seem to mention Marx very much.
If we can trade with Vietnam and China, why not Cuba?
Odd bunch, Miami Cubans. I once briefly worked there, and several young Cuban-American cow-orkers were absolutely confident that not only will Cuba one day be a state of the Union, but that there will one day be a bridge – a bridge you can drive across – across the Straits of Florida from Key West to Havana. That would have to be the longest bridge ever built, and ya better make it hurricane-proof!
- But I ain’t sayin’ which one.