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Peter Brookes, MA Biography

Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs at the Heritage Foundation
Pro to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"

“Lifting the embargo won’t normalize relations, but instead legitimize — and wave the white flag to — Fidel’s 50-year fight against the Yanquis, further lionizing the dictator and encouraging the Latin American Left.

The last thing we should do is to fill the pockets of a regime that’ll use those profits to keep a jackboot on the neck of the Cuban people. The political and human-rights situation in Cuba is grim enough already…

The embargo has stifled Havana’s ambitions ever since the Castros lost their Soviet sponsorship in the early 1990s. Anyone noticed the lack of trouble Cuba has caused internationally since then? Contrast that with the 1980s some time…

The US embargo remains a matter of principle — and an appropriate response to Cuba’s brutal repression of its people. Giving in to evil only begets more of it. Haven’t we learned that yet?

Until we see progress in loosing the Cuban people from the yoke of the communist regime, we should hold firm onto the leverage the embargo provides.”

“Keep the Embargo, O,”, Apr. 16, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, National Security Affairs, Heritage Foundation, 2002-present
  • Member, US-China Economic and Security Review Commission
  • Columnist, New York Post
  • Contributing editor, Townhall Magazine
  • Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs (George W. Bush administration)
  • Former Naval Reserves Commander, Assistant Naval Attache to Moscow
  • Former associate professor, Joint Military Intelligence College
  • Former instructor, National Defense University
  • Retired Navy commander
  • Recipient, Navy League of New York’s Frank Knox Media Award
  • Recipient, Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Recipient, Navy Commendation Medal
  • Recipient, Navy Achievement Medal
  • Recipient, Defense Language Institute’s Kellogg Award
  • Recipient, Joint Chiefs of Staff service badge
  • MA, Johns Hopkins University
  • BS, US Naval Academy
  • Over 1,500 appearances as a commentator on television and radio, including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, BBC, CBC, VOA, Al Hurra and Radio Free Asia
  • Has testified numerous times in the Senate and the House
  • Twitter handle: @Brookes_Peter
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