We've had the embargo for 50+ years, and the Castro gov. Is still in place. Different Castro, same principles. Yet we keep throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at this policy each year, according to Forbes. The embargo hasn't worked for 50 years. It won't work now. Our excuse for keeping it is that we don't want to interact with a human rights violator, but in what way is the embargo helping the human rights situation in Cuba? It isn't. Add on the fact that the UN just voted to condemn the embargo for the 22nd year in a row (final vote was 188-2), and it's clear that the embargo hurts us a lot more than it helps with anything.
It's been 50+ years and the Castro gov. Is still in place, yet we keep throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at maintaining this embargo each year (according to Forbes). Our excuse is that we don't want to interact with a human rights violator, but in what way is having the embargo helping human rights in Cuba? It isn't. Add that on to the fact that the UN just voted to condemn the embargo for the 22nd year in a row (final vote this year was 188-2), and the embargo hurts everyone way more than it helps.
The embargo has not failed, because the sanctions have been eased and strengthened inconsistently. Therefore the Embargo has not failed, only the implementation of it has. (International Policy Digest, 2013)
If you lift the Embargo and satisfy the people's needs, then that will kill off the possibility for a revolution or democracy to ever take place in Cuba. It is crucial that there is a democracy there, because since they are 90 miles off our shores, a democratic government could prevent the possibility of terrorist attacks. Besides, Cuba engages in terrorist activities themselves. Cuba allocates money to Basque Fatherland of Liberty (a terrorist group) and safe havens them along with American fugitives according to a report from the National Security for Foreign Policy 2013. Do you really believe it is credible to say this is safe for the United States, if at one flick of a pen we open Cuba to the whole world? The Cuban Government has also violated the embargo against North Korea and exchanged weapons with them. The Cuban boat carried 2 military jets, rockets and missile parts. We've seen how desperate North Korea has been to obtain missiles and also to threaten the United States. Instead of them giving empty threats, the reality of it could be a lot darker. Do you really think it is within our national security interests to lift the embargo? (NBC NEWS 7/8/13)
Cuba has been harboring terrorists and cranking out their own. This is not really something that we want to support. Also, Cuba is on the US list of state sponsors of terror, along with Iran, Syria and Sudan.
Their exports aren't needed because not only do they have exports that are not needed in the US, they aren't even in the top 5 countries for exporting them. Finally, they have responded aggressively in the past to Obama, Clinton and Carter. All of these presidents were trying to reach out and Fidel Castro killed tons of innocent men in the cases of Clinton and Carter. I know the embargo has been lifted, but why should we humor them now?