Is It Time to Lift the Cuban Embargo?

In the 1960s Washington hated Fidel Castro so much that the CIA fabricated seashells to explode when he was scuba-diving and a powder that would make his beard fall out. He and his beard survived all those barbs. Today the loathing has softened, but its spirit still animates America's punishing economic embargo against Cuba, now 32 years old. Virtually all commerce with the island is banned. Ships that trade with Cuba cannot visit American ports for six months. Most Americans are at least technically subject to prosecution for visiting there. Even the U.N. sanctions against Saddam Hussein's Iraq permit it to...

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