Kinsley: Cuba Policy Hasn't Just Failed—It's Backfired

If we can be sure of anything, this is it
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Apr 17, 2009 9:56 AM CDT
A poster of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is carried by one of the the demonstrators in Madrid Saturday Jan. 31, 2009 during a march to mark the the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.   (AP Photo/Paul White)
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(Newser) – It's time—actually it's way overdue—for America to admit that its Cuba policy simply hasn't worked, writes Michael Kinsley in the Washington Post. The US has been "unrelentingly hostile" to Havana, but to what end? Communism has collapsed just about everywhere else, but here it survives "unreformed and unapologetic." We've used the carrot and stick with other totalitarian regimes, but here it's been all stick, to no avail. Lift the embargo already.

"Can anyone defend it?" Kinsley writes. "In recent years, the closest thing to a defense has been, 'Wait, wait, just a bit longer! He's almost gone.' Well now he—Fidel—is gone, more or less. And nothing has changed, except that our embargo makes us look more ridiculous and powerless than ever. The small changes President Obama announced this week will help. But abandoning the embargo as a proven failure would help more."