Friday, April 19, 2013
In 2012, only 29 percent of Americans felt that the 52-year-old trade embargo on Cuba should remain a US policy. The majority of Americans believe that the economic embargo should be lifted. It is even more interesting to know that many Cubans look favorably on the US and want to see an end to this ineffective and archaic policy. The question therefore is if so many Americans and native Cubans support an end to the embargo, why does it still exist? The answer is not far-fetched. It exists mainly because the large Cuban lobbying constituency that desires an end to the Castro regime actively lobbies to keep such policies in place. Yet those that advocate for a continuation of this policy may not realize that this embargo is ultimately a lost economic opportunity for the United States. Cuba has resources such as sugar, cocoa, nickel, and fertile soil – all of which should appeal to US businesses.