Lift the Embargo and Leave Cuba Alone, by Jacob G. Hornberger

Here’s a friendly bet. Lift the embargo on Cuba, advertise that the US is open for Cuban immigration, and then go about our business. The bet is that Cuba’s communist dictatorship would last nowhere near as long as it has so far, sixty years. In other words, trade, commerce, communications, and tourism will be more powerful than all of our bluster, regime change attempts, and sanctions. From Jacob G. Hornberger at

In the wake of protests by thousands of Cuban citizens, the U.S. government and its rightwing supporters are pointing to Cuba’s socialist economic system as the root cause of suffering by the Cuban people. The Cuban government, on the other hand, and its leftwing supporters here in the United States are pointing to the U.S. embargo as the root cause of the suffering.

Actually, they are both right.

Socialism is a dismal, failed, deadly, and destructive economic system that brings impoverishment and tyranny with it. Just ask the people of North Korea and Venezuela.

By the same token, economic embargoes inflict massive economic suffering on the people of a targeted nation. Just ask the people of Iraq, who lost hundreds of thousands of children to U.S. sanctions in the 1990s.

Author: Velvet. Creative Commons license. Wikipedia Commons.

Ever since 1960, the Cuban people have been caught between a vise. One side of the vise is Cuba’s socialist economic system. The other side of the vise is the U.S. embargo. In the middle of the vise are the Cuban people.

The protests in Cuba provided President Biden with the opportunity to exclaim that he stands with the protestors and the Cuban people. That’s pure nonsense. The entire point of the U.S. embargo is to knowingly, intentionally, and deliberately bring death and suffering to the Cuban people. That’s been its intent from the beginning. The idea has been to inflict so much death and suffering on the Cuban people that they rise up and oust Cuba’s communist regime from power and re-install a pro-U.S. dictatorship in its stead.

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