What do you know? I agree with a Democrat:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is leaping into the long-running Cuba debate by calling for the U.S. to ease restrictions for Cuban-Americans who want to visit the island or send money home.
Obama's campaign said Monday that, if elected, the Illinois senator would lift restrictions imposed by the Bush administration and allow Cuban-Americans to visit their relatives more frequently, as well as ease limits on the amount of money they can send to their families.
Never mind the gratuitous Bush bashing -- this administration added only incrementally to restrictions that have been in place since Castro took power.
But economic sanctions usually don't make much sense as a foreign-policy strategy, especially when imposed unilaterally:
1. Military action at least targets the military and attendant operations (usually). We fight the people who fight us. Sanctions are specifically targeted at civilians (innocent and otherwise) on the theory that the suffering of the masses will put pressure on those at the top. Where's the moral high ground there?
2. There are frequently unintended consequences. In Cuba's case, we have actually made Castro stronger by giving him a convenient scapegoat (American imperialist swine!) to blame for the disaster he has made of the country.