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Monday: The latest on the US-Cuba talks after the Panama meetings with Jorge Ponce

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GUEST:  Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog, joins me for a discussion of US-Cuba talks and the meetings in Panama….we will speak about the Castro-Obama meeting, Raul Castro’s rant against the US, the US-Venezuela rift and President Maduro bashing President Obama…..how will all of this play in 2016?  

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April 13, 2015 at 10:30 am

Castro bashes US but absolves Obama

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(My new American Thinker post)

The incredible “Panama show” concluded with Cuban dictator Raul Castro’s speech:

Castro, in a meandering, nearly hour-long speech to the summit, ran through an exhaustive history of perceived Cuban grievances against the U.S. dating back more than a century — a vivid display of how raw passions remain over American attempts to undermine Cuba’s government.

Then, in an abrupt about face, he apologized for letting his emotions get the best of him.

He said many U.S. presidents were at fault for that troubled history — but that Obama isn’t one of them.

“I have told President Obama that I get very emotional talking about the revolution,” Castro said through a translator, noting that Obama wasn’t even born when the U.S. began sanctioning the island nation.

“I apologize to him because President Obama had no responsibility for this.”

Castro neglected to mention, nor did President Obama remind him, that Cuba is a one-party state, without a free press or elections, and has required a foreign subsidy for much of the so-called revolution.

Castro also failed to mention, nor did President Obama remind him, that Cuba has been harboring JoAnne Chesimard, the killer of New Jersey state trooper, and confiscated the assets of U.S. citizens without compensation. (By the way, those assets are an estimated $7 billion.)

It makes you wonder: Who stood up for the U.S. at this meeting? Did anyone defend the U.S. and its citizens?  Maybe President Obama should have reminded the conference that U.S. nationals spend billions of dollars visiting their beaches, buying their vegetables and other stuffs.

I guess that President Obama was in no mood to remind Raul Castro of anything. After all, why stand up for the U.S. when a corrupt dictator is ranting one lie after another?

Why create a diplomatic scene and upset the dictator? After all, isn’t Obama just one of the boys? 

In all, President Obama was pathetic. I understand the handshake but not allowing so many to take cheap shots at the U.S. At the same time, we’re used to it by now.

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April 13, 2015 at 5:30 am

Castro bashes US but absolves Obama

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April 13, 2015 at 4:00 am

Will Obama stand for freedom or shake Castro’s hand?

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(My new American Thinker post)

Back in October 1981, President Lopez-Portillo of Mexico put together a “North-South” summit in Cancún, or a meeting between industrialized and third-world nations.  It was intended to promote communications and hopefully more trade.

President Reagan made it very clear to Mexico: I stay home if Castro comes!

It was a clear signal that President Reagan understood that free markets and the rule of law were fundamental to creating prosperity in the Third World.    

In the end, Reagan came, and Castro didn’t.   

The meeting was held, and President Reagan made two important points:

1) There is no room in a modern world for despots like Fidel Castro.

2) Meeting one-on-one with the president of the U.S. is not cheap.

President Obama will be in Panama in a couple of days, and even The Washington Post is disappointed:

PRESIDENT OBAMA’s move to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba in December was supposed to improve political and economic conditions for average Cubans and remove an irritant in U.S. relations with other Latin American nations, which have been pushing to end the isolation of the Castro regime. Four months later — a short time, admittedly — there is no sign of those benefits. According to Cuban human rights groups, political detentions have increased: There were more than 600 in March alone.  More than 50 long-term political prisoners are still being held. Several Cuban opposition leaders are banned from leaving the country, which means they cannot attend this week’s Summit of the Americas in Panama.

U.S. and Cuban officials have yet to agree on the terms for reopening embassies. But the Castro regime has nevertheless reaped some substantial gains. Raúl Castro will be welcomed to the Americas summit for the first time; Mr. Obama will shake his hand. In the coming days, Mr. Obama is likely to offer another big concession by removing Cuba from the State Department’s list of sponsors of terrorism, an act that would disregard Cuba’s continued support for Colombia’s terrorist groups, its illegal arms trading with North Korea and the sanctuary it provides American criminalJoAnne Chesimard.

It’s hard to see how the U.S., and the freedom that it represents, is winning.

Nevertheless, President Obama still has an opportunity to put the U.S. on the right side of history, or with those Latin Americans who want democracy.

He can use the summit to promote freedom and criticize authoritarian regimes in Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina, and Ecuador.

He could point to Brazil’s economic mess and argue on behalf of free markets and less crony capitalism.

He could call for more transparency and promote a free press, especially in light of a major Mexican reporter fired for criticizing the government.

It would be a shame if the winner of this summit is Raúl Castro and anti-U.S. elements in Latin America.

So far, it looks like they are winning because President Obama does not have the stomach to stand up to thugs!

I hope that President Obama proves me wrong over the next few days!  As Fausta Rodriguez Wertz wrote, no circus, please!

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April 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

Will Obama stand for freedom or shake Castro’s hand?

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April 9, 2015 at 5:00 am