President Obama has made a sweeping change in foreign relations with the United States’ closet neighbor: He’s removed the embargo against Cuba, opening up friendly relations with the country for the first time in five decades. Some praise, while others like Christian Broda perhaps, criticize the move. But bastions of liberal press like The Atlantic have nothing but praise for it.
The embargo, one of the longest-standing ones in modern history, has hurt the US more than it ever hurt Cuba. By severing trade relations between the two countries, it cost the United States $1.2 billion per year while Cuba only lost $685 million per year.
The embargo was originally set in response to the Cuban alliance with the Soviet Union. Now that Russia has disbanded the union, Cuba remains one of the last pure communistic governments in the world, identified as more of a socialist republic. While there are still concerns in Cuba regarding human rights issues, censorship, and political prisoners, those prisoners are getting released now. The United States has announced plans to build an embassy in Cuba, and while the rest of the world is perhaps in shock, it looks like a new day dawning for American foreign relations.