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Palm Beach Post editorial: Cuba Embargo: Lean Meat

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  • Walter Lippmann
    OPINION CUBA EMBARGO: LEAN MEAT 27 March 2007 The Palm Beach Post Few U.S. foreign-policy initiatives have come with more contradictions than the trade embargo
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 28, 2007
      OPINION

      CUBA EMBARGO: LEAN MEAT

      27 March 2007

      The Palm Beach Post

      Few U.S. foreign-policy initiatives have come with more contradictions than
      the trade embargo against Cuba, and even fewer have been more ineffective.

      For 45 years, the United States has tried to bring down Fidel Castro through
      economic isolation. Castro has remained in power because, almost since its
      inception, the embargo has been a political prop that empowers American
      politicians, not the Cuban people.

      While the embargo has remained a failure, it has grown as a fraud. Most
      Americans probably had no idea, before reading the story in Monday's Post,
      that the United States is Cuba's No. 1 food supplier. This year, American
      farmers will ship more than $300 million worth of beans, rice, corn, canned
      foods and chicken to the island. Corporate executives, lawmakers and state
      governors have streamed in and out of Havana looking for deals since 2000,
      when Congress authorized cash-only sales of food.

      The Bush administration has done its part to play the Cold War charade by
      toughening restrictions on travel and cargo. Cubans can buy more Coca-Cola
      than ever, but they can't see their exiled relatives as often. Forget
      soybeans. Our biggest export to Cuba is hypocrisy.
    • Walter Lippmann
      OPINION CUBA EMBARGO: LEAN MEAT 27 March 2007 The Palm Beach Post Few U.S. foreign-policy initiatives have come with more contradictions than the trade embargo
      Message 2 of 3 , Mar 28, 2007
        OPINION

        CUBA EMBARGO: LEAN MEAT

        27 March 2007

        The Palm Beach Post

        Few U.S. foreign-policy initiatives have come with more contradictions than
        the trade embargo against Cuba, and even fewer have been more ineffective.

        For 45 years, the United States has tried to bring down Fidel Castro through
        economic isolation. Castro has remained in power because, almost since its
        inception, the embargo has been a political prop that empowers American
        politicians, not the Cuban people.

        While the embargo has remained a failure, it has grown as a fraud. Most
        Americans probably had no idea, before reading the story in Monday's Post,
        that the United States is Cuba's No. 1 food supplier. This year, American
        farmers will ship more than $300 million worth of beans, rice, corn, canned
        foods and chicken to the island. Corporate executives, lawmakers and state
        governors have streamed in and out of Havana looking for deals since 2000,
        when Congress authorized cash-only sales of food.

        The Bush administration has done its part to play the Cold War charade by
        toughening restrictions on travel and cargo. Cubans can buy more Coca-Cola
        than ever, but they can't see their exiled relatives as often. Forget
        soybeans. Our biggest export to Cuba is hypocrisy.
      • Walter Lippmann
        OPINION CUBA EMBARGO: LEAN MEAT 27 March 2007 The Palm Beach Post Few U.S. foreign-policy initiatives have come with more contradictions than the trade embargo
        Message 3 of 3 , Mar 28, 2007
          OPINION

          CUBA EMBARGO: LEAN MEAT

          27 March 2007

          The Palm Beach Post

          Few U.S. foreign-policy initiatives have come with more contradictions than
          the trade embargo against Cuba, and even fewer have been more ineffective.

          For 45 years, the United States has tried to bring down Fidel Castro through
          economic isolation. Castro has remained in power because, almost since its
          inception, the embargo has been a political prop that empowers American
          politicians, not the Cuban people.

          While the embargo has remained a failure, it has grown as a fraud. Most
          Americans probably had no idea, before reading the story in Monday's Post,
          that the United States is Cuba's No. 1 food supplier. This year, American
          farmers will ship more than $300 million worth of beans, rice, corn, canned
          foods and chicken to the island. Corporate executives, lawmakers and state
          governors have streamed in and out of Havana looking for deals since 2000,
          when Congress authorized cash-only sales of food.

          The Bush administration has done its part to play the Cold War charade by
          toughening restrictions on travel and cargo. Cubans can buy more Coca-Cola
          than ever, but they can't see their exiled relatives as often. Forget
          soybeans. Our biggest export to Cuba is hypocrisy.
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