Castro-free Cuba

by Russ Roberts on May 3, 2004

in Cuba

Here’s the AP report on a Commission report to hasten the end of the Castro regime. The main recommendation is to cut off dollar flows to the island.

But that is the strategy that has been failing for decades. I’d try the opposite. Deal with him constantly. Trade with him constantly. Send tourists. Send American products. Send American engineers. This is what we have been doing in China and China is a more liberal society today than it was ten years ago.

The only thing I can see good about the Commission is the due date Bush gave for the report: May 1. Very cute.

I know the political realities of Cuba. But if Bush is re-elected he should announce a new pro-trade policy with Cuba on the first day of his second term. And he can tell the Cuban-American community to judge him by the results not rhetoric. OK, it’s a fantasy. But it’s a nice fantasy.

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