U.S. embargo on Cuba: a half-century of failure

A Times Editorial
In Print: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The absurdity of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba was evident from the moment of its inception 50 years ago this month, when President John F. Kennedy ordered press secretary Pierre Salinger to buy 1,200 H. Upmann Cuban cigars before signing the order. The embargo failed in its primary objective to remove the Castro brothers from power and has imposed undue hardship on the country’s 11 million citizens. It is an anachronism embraced only by hard-liners from a bygone era.

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