For "people who want to go there to play golf, sit in the sun and smoke cigars, that's not going to happen at this point," Haass told CNBC in an interview. And the reason is fairly simple. A surge in U.S. travel to Cuba "will only come with the lifting of the embargo," he said.
Only Congress can agree to end the now more than 50-year-old economic trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba, and Haass doesn't see that happening anytime soon. Obama's policy shift was greeted with widespread skepticism in Congress, where even one high-ranking Democrat denounced the move.