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Generals and Admirals on Cuba: End the Failed Travel Ban

Report 28 September 2010
Tomorrow, the House Foreign Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold a markup of legislation - the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act (H.R. 4645) - to end the travel ban to Cuba.  Ending the ban would, according to a group of retired senior military officers, advance American national security.  The retired generals, admirals and former senior Bush administration officials argued that American policy towards Cuba, as practiced for the past 50 years, has been counterproductive and damaged American interests.   By lifting the travel ban and allowing Americans to do what they have the right to do everywhere else in the world - the right to travel - Congress would help to undermine anti-American sentiment in Latin America, advance U.S. agricultural business opportunities, and promote human rights.  As NSN's Senior Advisor Major General Paul Eaton writes today in The Hill, an open travel policy, which the U.S. has with Iran, Vietnam and even had with the Soviet Union, would improve American security.  Yet while the repeal of this anachronistic and failed policy would help the U.S. to confront 21st century security threats, critics continue to cling to a Cold War mentality about Cuba, one that rejects any change to a policy that actually strengthens the Castro regime.  After 50 years, it is time to reject this policy - and the travel ban - and to move American policy towards Cuba into the 21st century. 
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Diplomacy

Senior Military Officers Advocate End to Cuba Travel Ban Ahead of Vote

Press Release Washington, D.C. 28 September 2010
 

Today, nine retired senior military officers from the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps announced their support for ending 50-year old travel restrictions with Cuba. In a letter to the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the officers - including several three-star and two-star generals and admirals - argue that Cuba does not pose a threat to the security of the United States.

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Diplomacy

Commitment to Haiti is in U.S. Moral and Regional Interests

Report 21 January 2010
Leading a strong international response to the Haiti crisis serves both America's moral and strategic interests.  The two peoples are closely linked, and public support for aid to Haiti is very strong. 

The response also has implications for regional dynamics, beginning with increased pragmatic cooperation with Cuba.  Greater cooperation with regional actors in responding to the earthquake in Haiti responds to Americans' sense of rights and wrong - and enhances U.S. security interests.

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Diplomacy

Conservative Myths about Barack Obama's Foreign Policy

Report 28 April 2009
Conservatives have persisted in pushing various myths about President Obama's various foreign policy achievements. This document outlines the various conservative claims and definitively refutes their hypocritical, baseless claims. In reality, President Obama has achieved many foreign policy goals in a remarkably short period of time.
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Terrorism & National Security

Fear, Failed Policies Have Not Made America Safer

Report 20 April 2009
This weekend conservatives renewed their efforts to defend the failed legacy of the Bush era and sow public fear to undermine the new Administration. 
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Diplomacy

Engaging the Hemisphere

Report 17 April 2009
As the Summit of the Americas opens today in Trinidad, President Obama faces stark challenge in repairing relations with Latin America. When President Bush came to office, he pledged to engage and prioritize the hemisphere. He did neither. The Bush administration’s highly restrictive Cuba policy and abrasive diplomatic approach meant relations between the United States and Latin America drifted further apart, resulting in the loss of U.S. prestige and influence in the region. Although frustration with the US is intense, and progress will be slow, the Summit of the Americas provides an opening to build on these efforts, by seeking a coordinated approach to the global economic crisis and by beginning to address the common challenge of energy security and climate change in the Hemisphere.
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Cuba's Raul Castro: Let's talk

News The Cable 17 April 2009
International Economy

Retired Military Officers Urge Ending Cuba Travel Ban

Report 14 April 2009
As former senior officers of the United States armed forces, we are writing today to encourage you to support the Congressional initiatives to end the ban on travel to Cuba for all Americans. The current policy of isolating Cuba has failed, patently, to achieve our ends. Cuba ceased to be a military threat decades ago.
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Retired Military Officers: End the Cuba Travel Ban

Press Release Washington, DC 14 April 2009