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Retired Military Officers Urge Ending Cuba Travel Ban

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News PR Newswire 14 April 2009

Cuba National Security Network

WASHINGTON, April 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, April 13, 2009, a group of 12 former senior U.S. military officials sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to support and sign pending Congressional legislation that would repeal the travel ban for all Americans who wish to visit Cuba.

The text of the letter can be found here: http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/2009/04/us_military_lea/

The retired officers -- including former SOUTHCOM Commanders Gens. James Hill and Barry McCaffrey as well as Major General Paul D. Eaton and Lt. General Claudia J. Kennedy -- argue that, based on national security grounds, lifting the ban would allow us to send our best ambassadors-the American people-to engage our Cuban neighbors, giving America a much better chance of influencing the course of Cuban affairs.

The letter, organized jointly by the National Security Network and the New America Foundation, also examines the negative national security impact the travel ban and overall embargo has on America's interests in the region, creating a situation where our confrontational policy of isolation towards Cuba hinders, not heightens, America's overall security objectives.

The New America Foundation is a non-partisan think tank based in Washington, DC.