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United States-Cuba Relations and the Economies Economic sanctions can be and are a valuable tool for enforcing international norms and protecting our national interests The US Policy of applying economic pressure in Cuba originated soon after Fidel Castro came into power in 1959 The United States first imposed a full trade embargo on Cuba on February 3 1962 after the Kennedy Administration became convinced that Castro was moving rapidly toward the establishment of a totalitarian regime in alliance with the Soviet Union Castro had not only confiscated US and other Cuban and foreign-owned properties on the island but had been providing indiscriminate support for violent revolution throughout the Americas as part of his efforts to carry on the continental struggle against the Yankees which he considers to be his true destiny The embargo was formally begun by President John F Kennedy and has been supported by all successive Presidents The US embargo has had a major impact on the Cuban economy involving trade wages and jobs and in addition it has affected many United States businesses both directly and indirectly The Helms-Burton Act is one of the major bills regarding trade with Cuba and it has encountered much opposition and controversy both in the United States and abroad Only recently was the news media ban in Cuba lifted allowing American journalists to get news from within Cuba Health care in Cuba is also a major concern and is strongly affected by the Cuban Embargo Our policy on Cuba is illustrative of one of the principal goals of economic sanctionsto encourage our friends and allies to adopt policies that can advance our common interests Our allies and trading partners disagree with our embargo and have urged us to alter the provisions of the Libertad Act also known as the Helms-Burton Act named after its principal sponsors Cubas economy is in complete disarray as a direct result of Castros insistence on adhering
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