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Originally Posted by BuddyLee View Post
I would be interested to see what would happen with the North if we lifted economic sanctions on them. In the long term I don't believe sanctions do a lot of good. The people in the government keep on trucking while the citizens suffer. I get the idea is to get them to rise up against their own gov't but how has that worked out so far in Cuba (another communist/socialist state whom we have placed strict economic sanctions on)?
it worked pretty well against Iran and Iraq but we didn't follow up with support. it can be argued that sanctions against Gadhafi did some good once the uprising started...

Cuba (imo) was more about curbing their ambitions to be involved in international affairs (which they weren't). I would agree that they should be lifted in Cuba but with NK (again imo) the sanctions are as much about limiting their trade in general because they have nuclear tech that they would presumably sell to just about anyone.

sanctions can do a lot of good but they need to have a defined purpose or they simply become punitive without reason.
Hamilton on requiring Congressional supermajorities "...its real operation is to embarrass the administration, to destroy the energy of government, and to substitute the pleasure, caprice, or artifices of an insignificant, turbulent or corrupt junto, to the regular deliberations and decisions of a respectable majority." - Federalist No. 22
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