In an editorial, the influential New York newspaper analysed the twists and US election intricacies concerning the stance against the Caribbean country over the years, and new trends, even in South Florida, reported Prensa Latina news agency.

“There was a time, not too long ago, when any mainstream politician running for statewide or national office in Florida had to rattle off fiery rhetoric against the Cuban government and declare unquestioning faith that the embargo on the island would one day force the Castros from power,” the New York Times said.

Sunday’s article, signed by the Editorial Committee, headed by Andrew Rosenthal, stressed that the policy has changed dramatically in recent years, as Cuban immigrants in South Florida have spoken in favour of fostering closer ties with their country of origin.

“Cuba still looms large in Florida politics, and to an extent nationally. But it is far from the clear-cut issue it once was,” the newspaper emphasised.

According to the article, this evolution has allowed a growing number of politicians in the United States to recognize the embargo as a failed policy, and argue that to end the era of enmity with Cuba represents the best opportunity to promote a more prosperous future in the Caribbean nation.

Ending the 50-year-old embargo, which requires congressional action, remains challenging because a small but passionate group of Cuban-American lawmakers is adamant about maintaining the status quo, the newspaper pointed out.

The New York Times concluded its editorial by saying that Cuban Americans “should not continue to anchor American policy on a failed course that has strained Washington’s relationship with allies in the hemisphere, prevented robust trade with the island and offered the Cuban government a justification for its failures.”

[Via: Caribbean News Now]