- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 19, 2009

PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD (AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. involvement with other Western Hemisphere nations needs to go beyond drug interdiction and military matters.

At a news conference wrapping up a 34-nation summit in Trinidad, Obama told reporters that a number of leaders talked about the thousands of Cuban doctors that work across the region.

He said that serves as reminder that military might is “just one arm” of U.S. influence, and that diplomatic and development can also serve to increase U.S. influence.

Obama also says other countries in the Americas depend on the U.S. economy and are rooting for it to emerge from recession, even if they blame Washington for some of their own economic problems.

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