Rising controversy and the growing feeling of dissatisfaction with the embargo led to difference in opinion among most Americans. It was increasingly evident that the businessmen were losing out on the opportunity to reap profits in the Cuban soil. Even the Cuban community in Miami that supported the embargo initially felt otherwise. Most felt that the embargo was unreasonable and serving no economic gains for the Americans. Several United States policy makers took up the issue to the President.
They felt that the embargo should be relaxed to some extent and the economic benefits should be given due consideration. The National Bipartisan Commission was created to review United States policy on Cuba. President Clinton signed a law in the year 2000 that allowed Cuba to buy food items and medicine from the United States. The efforts of the Commission was successful and this step was appreciated by most Americans especially farmers. In 2002 further attempts were made by the US congress to relax the embargo on Cuba.
Much legislation were proposed in the subsequent years to relax the embargo but the George Bush opposed the moves stating that this would benefit the political regime of Cuba which was not desirable. The relaxation of the embargo meant strengthening of the Castro regime and a failure of the United States foreign policy that wanted the return of democracy in Cuba.
Bush has been vehemently against any measure to relax the embargo till the Cuban government introduced reforms. The embargo thus continues to be imposed though there are many who feel that it’s just a matter of time before the embargo is lifted.