The Corner

The Embargo

I think reasonable people can disagree about it. I’ve been back and forth about it myself, but have been persuaded by arguments like this one that the benefits of increased trade go straight to government monopolies. Also, it obviously makes little sense to loosen restrictions while getting nothing in exchange from the regime, not even a promise of a significant reform. President Obama’s move clearly seems misbegotten legacy-burnishing–and ideology, as Elliott Abrams argues on the home page–at the expense of diplomatic and strategic sense. 

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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