The U.S. policy of shunning communist Cuba by imposing a strict trade embargo has failed to prod the island nation toward democracy and should be re-evaluated, according to the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“We must recognize the ineffectiveness of our current policy and deal with the Cuban regime in a way that enhances U.S. interests,” wrote Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., in a report dated Monday.
Yep, so let’s just reward bad behavior then, sort of like the whole point behind the trillion-dollar bailouts our grandkids will be paying for.
Here’s an interesting part of the article which, of course, I found near the end:
In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed a law allowing the sale of agricultural goods and medicine to Cuba for humanitarian reasons. Since then, agricultural sales to Cuba have risen from almost nothing to more than $440 million last year.
From zero to $440 million a year. And yet–shock, horror, surprise!–not a darn thing has changed in Cuba! What makes you think anything is going to change in Cuba if we appease the Castros, Senator?