End the embargo on Cuba travel

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End the embargo on Cuba travel

Postby Georgs » Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:07 pm

Peter Swanson, executive editor of PassageMaker Magazine, makes an impassioned plea that boaters and the marine industry should call for an end to the U.S. ban on travel to Cuba—because we all have so much to gain.

For the full text, see his Loose Cannon column at Soundings Online:


Swanson's bottom line:

Obama needs to lead
For the embargo to end, we need presidential leadership. The Helms-Burton Act, which keeps this Cold War construct in place, can only be undone by another act of Congress. As anyone who has been alive for the past four years knows, between the partisanship and the payola, our House and Senate are unlikely to accomplish anything, absent strong presidential leadership. Without re-election to worry about, Obama is well poised to bring about peace with our neighbor. Nixon went to China. McCain went back to Hanoi. All of us should be able to go to Cuba.

What do you think?
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