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Michael Moore Exposes 'Sicko' US Cuba Policy

Michael Moore meet Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former chief of staff. I think you'd both agree that the current US policy toward Cuba is the "dumbest policy on the face of the earth...It's crazy." (Note to rabid FOXers Gibson, Hannity and O'Reilly--those are Wilkerson's, not Moore's, words from a 2004 interview in GQ magazine.) What is Moore guilty of, according to the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asssets Control? Taking ailing 9-11 rescue workers in March to Cuba for a segment in his soon-to-be-released healthcare documentary "Sicko." But what he's really guilty of in the Bush Administration's sicko eyes is exposing the insanity of the US trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba--an embargo which has damaged families, violated the constitutional right to travel, harmed US business interests and the advancement of US security interests such as drug interdiction. As The Nation's just-published special issue on Cuba (and Moore's trip) makes crystal clear --it's high time to bring Cuba policy into the 21st century. Lift the embargo! Normalize relations!

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