Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Are Wrong on Cuba and the Embargo

Forget Fidel, let's go to Cuba.


By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Hillary Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today that President-elect Obama wants to lift travel restrictions on families wishing to visit relatives in Cuba. This is not, strictly speaking, news: It's a policy Obama articulated (and Clinton opposed) during the campaign.

And while it's a laudable step, it's not nearly enough. The embargo has outlived its usefulness (in much the same way that Fidel Castro has outlived Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, etc., etc.) and should be lifted. That would be a bold stroke—but it's a secondary issue, and so that's not going to happen.

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