10 Reasons Cuba Embargo Must Go

It's hypocritical...plus, Americans want to go there
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2010 11:58 AM CDT
Cuba's Foreign Minister delivers a speech during a meeting with Cubans living abroad in Havana, March 19, 2008. Sign reads in Spanish, "Cubans living abroad against the embargo and terrorism."   (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

(Newser) – As President Obama slowly works on the Cuba travel restrictions, Delia Lloyd offers up 10 reasons the long-standing trade embargo should be overturned entirely. Via Politics Daily:

  • It’ll make money: Americans will surely help Cuba’s tourism industry, and the US agricultural sector would benefit from fewer restrictions on exporting to Cuba.
  • It’s hypocritical: If we’re putting economic pressure on Cuba in order to protest its human rights violations, why not do the same thing to similarly repressive regimes like China?

  • No one likes it: At least, not tourists. An Orbitz survey shows 67% of Americans want to lift the travel ban.
  • It restricts our freedom: Cuba is the only country the government keeps Americans from visiting.
  • Cuba has oil: Enough said.
For the complete list, including an explanation of how lifting the embargo will actually help Cuba’s democracy, click here.

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