WASHINGTON (CNN) – The U.S. government has no right to restrict Americans from traveling to Cuba, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Thursday.
"It is the only country in the world where our people are not allowed to go," said Rep. Howard Berman, D-California, at the start of a hearing on whether it is time to lift the travel ban.
"Let's face it. By any objective measure, the nearly 50-year-old travel ban simply hasn't worked," Berman said, referring to the Communist nation's refusal to embrace democracy.
It's about time! What a nonsense, that FREE citizens of the United States can not travel where they want to. We do not have a ban to travel to China or Vietnam... also a communist countries . It seems more that this is a US government ego than anything else. This ban is purely stupid and cannot be justified.
Let's hope no one gets kidnapped.
Hear! Hear! The only reason Americans can't go to Cuba is because we are trying to keep all their ex-pats in Florida happy. What has Cuba done that no one else has done? If we are against communism, why do we work with China so much?
It's way past due. I wanna travel to Cuba and have a real mojito.
Americans purchase billions of dollars of products from China each year and yet we can buy a pound of sugar from Cuba. The sanctions against Cuba are pure hypocrisy. I have traveled to China with the blessings of the U.S.Government. Yet... as a free american I can't visit Cuba. We need to move forward. If the Hardliners want change in Cuba; what better way to bring change about than to have our people on the ground.
Yeah, obama needs more communist support... he needs to get his liberal team trained....
Careful you elected officials, you might loose your exclusivity on cuban cigars in the comissary you have.
It's about time !
It's about time.
"Let's face it. By any objective measure, the nearly 50-year-old travel ban simply hasn't worked," Berman said, referring to the Communist nation's refusal to embrace democracy
So what are you saying, give in and accept communism? I DONT THINK SO!!! I know plenty of Cubans who disagree with lifting the ban.
Good. The policy has not worked.
It is way past time for the U.S to end it's knee-jerk policies toward Cuba. This will lead to a recognition and sharing of each nations strengths to benefit all involved–if capitalists will only see some light! Cuba possesses great medical skills and gofts to offer this world. This whole fake dichotomy between socialism and capitalism is all contrived for financial/ideological propaganda to benefit wealthy profiteers Everywhere. The same goes for Israel. Arms dealers and military contractors make big bucks with these negative policies in place. we invent our enemies for massive profits. This is the inherent flaw of capitalism: COMPETITION which becomes destructive. Don't believe me, check out this impeccable author. Now don't freak out all you right leaning folks. We all need to keep our minds open for maximum reception. I try. Naomi Klein's, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism". Peace
"The U.S. government has no right to restrict Americans from traveling to Cuba..."
But it has the right to take over health care and spend at least $800,000,000,000 destroying the health insurance industry?
They must be crazy.
What is it with Democrats and Cuba?
as much as i'd like to say otehrwise, I agree. the travel ban hasn't worked. it's time to try something else.
is it really hurting Castro or his henchmen, or is it hurting the people that he already victimizes
So Fla Cubans are holding our freedom to travel hostage for fear. Let me decide
I think it has worked. We mind our business and they mind theirs. If Cuba is anything like Mexico, we don't want more drugs in this country than we already have.
More importantly. DOES ANYONE CARE?
Bonk... Ouch! Bonk... Ouch!
Why is it that I keep getting the same result banging my head against this wall?
If there is a country where I would love to go for a visit, it's Cuba. Why can't we Americans be free to travel WHERE WE WANT ? Is this the Soviet Union ?
We are free to go to China and N.Korea....but not Cuba...go figure
Here is my plan for MY run in 2012...
1st – bring every troop from the middle east home.
Then INVADE Cuba.
We can turn into one great big water park, putt putt golf, and gocart track!!! :o)
I'm still working on ALL OF MY CAMPAIGN PROMISES that I can break.
Those will come later.
Right now, I got dibs on the first go cart and cigar!!! ;o)