Ending or Enforcing the Cuban Embargo



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Ending or Enforcing the Cuban Embargo

  1. Embargo has existed for four decades. Is it really a necessary part of U.S. foreign policy? Some people support the embargo, while others want it lifted.

  2. The U.S. will not allow trade with nor travel to Cuba.

    1. An embargo is a legal prohibition on commerce.

    2. Fidel Castro nationalized U.S. property and oil refineries and turned Cuba into a Communist country. The embargo is placed on Cuba on October 19, 1960. The U.S. has tightened and lessened its grip many times since.

    3. The Cuban people are suffering physically and economically. Some Americans believe that Castro is completely to blame, while others think that the U.S. embargo is at fault and needs to be lifted.

  1. Opponents of the embargo have three main reasons.

  1. The U.S. trades with other such countries, and the embargo would actually help the U.S. economy.

  1. China has a horrible human rights record and Cuba does not.

  2. Trade with Cuba would help the U.S. economy.

  1. The Cuban people don’t get necessities.

  1. Not enough medicine comes into Cuba, and the nation does not have access to a lot of medicine.

  2. There is a lot of malnutrition in Cuba.

  1. The embargo gives Castro an excuse.

  1. He can blame the embargo for his failed policies.

  2. It gives Cubans a reason to dislike the United States.

  1. Those who want the embargo kept also have three main reasons.

  1. Fidel Castro suppresses the people of his country.

  2. Trade with Cuba will actually hurt our economy.

  1. Castro can’t pay his debts, so the U.S. will not get money.

  2. The debt will be handed to U.S. taxpayers.

  1. Opening Trade with Cuba actually will not help its people.

  1. The Cuban government owns most the businesses, and the military owns the tourism industry.

  2. Cubans are restricted from going to places that tourists go.

  1. We need to keep the pressure on Fidel Castro to push for reform. Opening trade will only benefit him and his grossly misguided government.


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