The Autumn of the Patriarch: Our Embargo on Cuba

Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Author(s): William Ratliff; Oscar Espinosa Chepe

Research Area: Government

Keywords: Cuba; Latin America; Embargo

Type: Brief

Coverage: Cuba


The United States embargo on Cuba isolates the U.S. from the rest of the world. It’s hard to see current restrictions as anything but a disguised effort to make the Cuban people’s lives more miserable so they will rise up and try to overthrow the regime. It is time for an American president to scrap this destructive vestige of the Cold War.