Notes: A The decades-old American embargo of Cuba has not accomplished its purpose -- forcing out Fidel Castro. It has, however, made life more difficult for the average Cuban and provided a convenient scapegoat for Castro. The Cuban ruler is able to blame Cuba's ruined economy on the embargo and that huge bogeyman to the north, the United States.

American farming and business interests want the embargo lifted so they can reach Cuban markets. However, George W. Bush has said not only will he not lift the embargo, but he is expected to make travel to Cuba even more difficult. Many political analysts believe Bush's position so he can stay tight with the strongly, anti-Castro, Cuban-American community. They say he wants that block of votes not only for himself, but also for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, his brother. Florida, of course, has a large Cuban-American population.