A Cold War Relic : Should The United States Seek Tighten The Economic Grip On Cuba? If So

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A Cold War Relic
Should the United States seek to tighten the economic grip on Cuba? If so, why?
In looking at the situation with common sense and practicality, a continued economic grip on Cuba, and more importantly the Cuban people, is relatively useless without the cooperation from a large number of other countries. It makes even less sense when you consider that the United States trades with countries with similar political ideologies such as China and Vietnam, China now a part of the World Trade Organization (WTO), gives continued proof that trade restrictions against Cuba are antiquated. (Daniels, Radebaugh & Sullivan, 2015).
While U.S. trade restrictions can be argued as appropriate given Cuba’s history of human rights violations, many other countries that the U.S. are not without fault in that arena. According to Lamrani (2012), “if the United States applied these same criteria across the board (with regards to human rights), they would not maintain relations with quite a number of other countries” (para. 28). Ironically, when viewing at this embargo in reverse from a human rights perspective, the U.S. can be viewed in the same negative light with this relationship, as the trade embargo is having a negative effect on the overall well-being of the Cuban people, particularly with regards to health and nutritional deficiencies, which have contributed to a rise in the incidence of disease in the country (Hardcastle, n.d.). These economic sanctions continue to…

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