Cuba is a small island nation a mere 90 miles off the coast of Florida. It's home to 11 million people. It's famous for...


And...

And...


Unfortunately, these days, it's equally well known for...

In 1960, the United States Congress passed the first in a series of laws banning all trade with Cuba, in the hopes that Cubans would get so poor and desperate they would revolt against their Communist leaders.

It half-worked.

Over the ensuing five decades, Cubans did get really poor and desperate.

Their leaders however...

...are still in charge.

And there's no sign of a revolution any time soon.

In December 2014, President Obama normalized diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time since 1961. Not only because our Cuba policy for the last 54 years has failed to accomplish anything it was intended to accomplish, but because...

Lifting the embargo, restoring trade, and providing desperately needed relief to millions of impoverished Cubans still requires an act of Congress, however. Even though the Castros are still in power and there are many issues on which the U.S. and Cuba are still at odds, there are many, many good reasons we should do it.

Here are seven of the best.