The Palm Beach Post is one of the few Florida news outlets to have the guts to say America’s embargo against Cuba is wrong (“Stop giving Cuba excuses,” editorial.) That’s a shame. After a policy has failed for 50 years, we should hear many calls for change.
In human terms, Yoani Sanchez and other Cuban dissidents, such as Oswaldo Paya (killed in a car crash likely caused by official thugs) have a persuasive argument: The embargo hurts ordinary Cubans. Moreover, the policy is a strategic failure.
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Frank McNeil served as deputy U.S. representative to the Organization of American States during some events described here. He later served as ambassador to Costa Rica and President Ronald Reagan’s special emissary for the 1983 Grenada mission. He lives in Boca Raton.