Increased cooperation in these fields could give political leaders in both

Increased cooperation in these fields could give

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Increased cooperation in these fields could give political leaders in both countries the confidence they need to end this fifty-year era of mistrust. An April 13, 2009 letter from 12 retired generals and admirals to President Obama gave a persuasive argument for greater U.S.-Cuba engagement . It stated: Cuba ceased to be a military threat decades ago . At the same time , Cuba has intensified its global, diplomatic and economic relations with nations as diverse as China, Russia, Venezuela, Brazil, and members of the European Union. ... Even worse, the embargo inspired a significant diplomatic movement against U.S. policy...when world leaders overwhelmingly cast their vote in the United Nations against the embargo and visit Havana to denounce American policy, it is time to change the policy, especially after 50 years of failure in attaining our goals. These generals and admirals recommend , and I quote: ... renewed engagement with Havana on key security issues such as narcotics trafficking , immigration, airspace and Caribbean security ...This idea of engagement underlies our current policies in Iran, Syria and North Korea, all much graver concerns to the United States - where Americans are currently free to travel. Experts generally agree that U.S. national security would be strengthened if Cuba pursued alternatives to Venezuelan or Russian influence. Increasing energy trade with Cuba would contribute to U.S. energy security and would create competition with the "export-oriented" populist agenda of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, while dampening Venezuela's efforts to strengthen its regional presence through visible aid to Cuba. U.S. energy trade could also limit the attractiveness of the more assertive foreign policy of Russia, and China's increased presence in Latin America and investment in Cuba's energy sector. Cuba's strategic location and its apparent seriousness of purpose in fighting drugs is a nother strong argument for comprehensive U.S.-Cuban cooperation . Closer coordination could also help close off trafficking routes in the western Caribbean and disrupt ongoing operations of South American cocaine mafias . Caribbean instability causes bioterrorism Bryan 1 (Anthony T., Director of the Caribbean Program – North/South Center, and Stephen E. Flynn, Senior Fellow – Council on Foreign Relations, “Terrorism, Porous Borders, and Homeland Security: The Case for U.S.-Caribbean Cooperation”, 10-21, _homeland_ security.html) Terrorist acts can take place anywhere. The Caribbean is no exception. Already the linkages between drug trafficking and terrorism are clear in countries like Colombia and Peru, and such connections have similar potential in the Caribbean . The security of major industrial complexes in some Caribbean countries is vital.
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