Time for a different approach on Cuba

America’s posture toward Cuba has changed little over the past half-century: Deny the legitimacy of its communist government by severing diplomatic relations and hope that privations from a unilateral embargo could stimulate a popular uprising against the Castro regime.

Yet, here we are with Cuban communism still alive and kicking well past the expiration of its Soviet backer. Now President Barack Obama is taking steps to normalize full diplomatic relations with Cuba, but the longstanding economic embargo would have to be overturned by Congress.

Critics — the most vocal being Cuban-Americans — say the president’s action essentially endorses the brutal behavior of the Cuban government. But America’s “outdated approach” to Cuba (to quote the president) hasn’t been particulary effective and we agree that it’s time for another approach.


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