August 2, 2006
The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
Washington, DC 20301-1000
Dear Secretary Rumsfeld:
It is my understanding that the Office of Cuba Broadcasting has asked the Department of Defense to identify whether there are any assets immediately available in order to broadcast TV Marti to Cuba.
In light of recent developments on the island, the importance of communicating directly with the people of Cuba is critical. Should an asset be available, even if only on an interim basis, via the Commando Solo platform, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting would be able to immediately have programming ready for broadcasts into the island.
As I know you will agree, it is imperative that we remain on the right side of history. Failure to communicate directly with the Cuban people as the current events unfold can prove costly in the Administration’s overall goal of bringing about a true democratic transition in Cuba.
Since the TV Marti permanent platform is not ready for deployment yet, a temporary platform via Commando Solo is the only method we have for reaching the people of Cuba and reassuring them of the role the United States Government intends to play at the time of transition.
As you know, President Bush has unequivocally pledged his support and stressed the importance of Radio & TV Marti. Therefore, I am optimistic that the Administration will be able to find a viable solution until the permanent TV Marti platform is operational.
I look forward to hearing from you on this important matter.
United States Senator