Argument: Cuba sanctions lost national security rationale after 1991

Issue Report: Ending US sanctions on Cuba


A 1998 report by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency concluded that, ‘Cuba does not pose a significant military threat to the U.S. or to other countries in the region.’ The report declared Cuba’s military forces ‘residual’ and ‘defensive.’ Some officials in the Bush administration have charged that Castro’s government may be supporting terrorists abroad, but the evidence is pretty shaky. And even if true, maintaining a comprehensive trade embargo would be a blunt and ineffective lever for change.”