Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cold War Relic the U.S. Must End the Embargo on Cuba

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cold War Relic the U.S. Must End the Embargo on Cuba

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The rout of the United States in the annual United Nations vote on sanctions against Cuba was worse this year than last. On Tuesday, a nonbinding resolution condemning the U.S. economic embargo passed, 188-2, in the 193-member organization.

Israel was the only country to vote with the United States. Pacific island nation Palau, which had voted with the United States in 2013, abstained.

There is good reason for the United States to change its policy toward Cuba now, after 55 years of attempted isolation, even apart from the pariah status it earns Washington in Latin American and international affairs. For one thing, the policy hasn't achieved its aim, toppling the Castro regime. Various U.S. elected officials, of both parties, had held out hope that the Castros would die or be overthrown, and that a regime less resistant to the United States would take its place.

Cuba also has not exactly thrived, since support from the Soviet Union ended with the fall of that regime in 1990. …

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