US Secretary of Defense and former US Senator (R-NE)
Con to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
"On Cuba, I've said that we have an outdated, unrealistic, irrelevant policy... It's always been nonsensical to me about this argument, 'Well, it's a communist country, it's a communist regime.' What do people think Vietnam is? Or the People's Republic of China? Both those countries are WTO members. We trade with them. We have relations. Great powers engage... Great powers are not afraid. Great powers trade.'"
Experts Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to foreign policy in general or the Cuba embargo specifically. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to foreign policy in general or the Cuba embargo specifically.
Involvement and Affiliations:
24th US Secretary of Defense, Feb. 27, 2013-present
Former member, Secretary of Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee
Former Chairman, Atlantic Council
Former Distinguished Professor in the Practice of National Governance, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
Former Co-Chairman, President Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board
US Senator (R-NE), 1997-2009
Former Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group
Deputy Commissioner General of the United States, 1982 World's Fair