Essay on Cuba and the United States

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Cuba and the United States The island of Cuba has been a focal point of American foreign policy since the acquisition of Florida in the late 1800's. Cuba continues to capture America's attention as it is the only existing communist state in the Western Hemisphere. U.S. policy has attempted to topple the communist regime in Cuba since its outset in 1961. Policies designed to incite revolution, destroy the Cuban economy, and starve the Cuban people seem to be at odds with American ideals of democracy and sovereignty. It is, in fact, the very policies that the United States has implemented that have strengthened and prolonged Fidel Castro's reign in Cuba. The relationship between the United States and Cuba is paradoxical in that…show more content…
This crisis escalated the importance of Cuban policy and created an awareness of its potential threat among the American public. It is not only Cuba's strategic location that places it at odds with the United States. Cuba's ideological communist base creates even greater distance between the two nations politically. Since its turn to communism in the early 1960's, Cuba has frightened the American public and been at the heart of policy concerns. The defeat of communism during the Cold War, has been an objective with the power override rational and logical policy measures. The threat of communism in Europe drew a response from Americans that led to an era of foreign policy unlike that of any other period. As that same threat spread into their own hemisphere, response to it became even more radical. Cuba became more than a foreign policy concern as the public began to perceive it as a legitimate threat to life and the security of the nation. These fears were proven to be justified in wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Since those days of bomb shelters and predictions of nuclear war, Cuba has not been able to shake its image as a time bomb on the verge of explosion. Cuba has been internalized as an enemy. This has led to a state of emotionalism that overrides objectivity in policy making. The end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union has done little to change American perceptions about the threat of

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