USA*Engage reaction to Speech by President Bush on Cuba

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

“While the president surely ought to find ways to communicate directly with Cuba, fundamental reform of U.S. policy based on engagement would benefit the Cuban people much more than today’s symbolic gesture.  American citizens should be allowed to communicate directly with the Cuban people.  American businesses have been at the forefront of providing the communications infrastructure and equipment that allow ordinary citizens to communicate in places such as China, and they should be permitted to do the same in Cuba.  If the president were serious about wanting to communicate with the Cuban people, he would remove travel and trade restrictions that prevent Americans from doing just that.”