Policy Analyst on Latin America at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute
Con to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
"You don't need to think hard to understand why the embargo and travel ban on Cuba have failed: the Castro brothers are still in power in Havana. Five decades of economic sanctions—the most stringent Washington has imposed on any country—have failed to bring about a democratic transformation of Cuba. Moreover, the embargo has served as a scapegoat to the regime.
Ironically, those who argue that national security concerns are reasons to oppose changing U.S. policy towards Cuba ignore that the embargo has also become somewhat of a U.S. security liability itself. A 2007 report by the Government Accountability Office points out that enforcing the embargo and travel ban diverts limited resources from homeland security that could be used to keep terrorists and criminals out of the United States."
"Hagel's Common Sense on Cuba," Cato Institute website, Jan. 15, 2013