If there was a category in the Guinness World Records for the most ineffective foreign policy decisions ever made, the Cuban embargo by the United States would probably be among the leading contenders. How else can we categorize a policy that in more than 60 years hasn’t produced any of the desired effects?

Let’s see. It hasn’t ended the Castro brothers’ dictatorial rule over the country. It hasn’t fostered a popular uprising against the regime or led to its downfall. It hasn’t improved living conditions for the Cuban people. It hasn’t fostered better communication with the Cuban government or closer economic ties. And it certainly hasn’t improved the U.S. image in the world.

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