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Cuba to Obama: Who said we’re changing?

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(My new American Thinker post)

What a week so far for President Obama’s foreign policy.  

First, Iran tests two missiles and threatens to get out of the nuclear deal. Hello VP Biden, and enjoy your visit to Israel.

Second, the Cuban state media put out an editorial ahead of President Obama’s visit. Here it goes:

In a long editorial on Wednesday in Communist Party newspaper Granma and other official media, Cuba demanded Washington cease meddling in its internal affairs and said Obama could do more to change U.S. policy.

The March 20-22 visit from Obama comes 15 months after he and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed to end more than five decades of Cold War-era animosity and try to normalize relations.

They have restored diplomatic ties, and Obama has relaxed a series of trade sanctions and travel restrictions, leading Republican opponents and even some of the president’s fellow Democrats to question whether Washington was offering too much without any reciprocation from Havana.

But the editorial made it clear that Cuba still has a long list of grievances with the United States, starting with the comprehensive trade embargo. Obama wants to rescind the embargo but Republican leadership in Congress has blocked the move.

Cuba also objected to U.S. support for its political dissidents, whom some Americans consider champions of human rights but whom the Cuban government views as an unrepresentative minority funded by U.S. interests.

“(The United States) should abandon the pretense of fabricating an internal political opposition, paid for with money from U.S. taxpayers,” the nearly 3,000-word editorial said.

Let me translate: Americans we want your tourists and their dollars, we want to send you baseball players as long as Castro Inc owns their contracts, we want you to end the embargo, leave Guantanamo but forget all of this stuff about human rights. After all, who ever said that this was about human rights anyway?    

It is embarrassing and in your face, Obama. However, this is what you get when negotiate out of weakness and demand nothing from a dictator desperately looking for a bailout.   

We had the cards and Obama threw them all away!   

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March 10, 2016 at 7:01 am

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March 7, 2016 at 10:30 pm

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Cuba on the eve of Obama’s visit

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(My new American Thinker post)

Back in December 2014, President Obama started a new relationship with the Cuban dictatorship. It was based on the idea that we had to try something different.    

How does that look now? Let’s see:

1) The “let’s try something different” argument was flawed. It was the Cuban government, not the U.S., that refused to reach out. President Carter almost reestablished diplomatic relations with Cuba but pulled back when Castro sent Cuban troops into Africa. President Clinton was looking at it until the Cuban government shot down four U.S. citizens over the Florida Straits in 1996. There were talks in 1982 under President Reagan. Channels were open under other administrations, too.

It is untrue that the U.S. refused to talk to Cuba. It was the Castro regime that refused to change.

2) The people in Cuba are not buying “hope and change”. They want out, as we see from news reports:

Eight-year-old Vanesa Amador stands patiently on a bridge that joins Mexico and the United States. She is feet away from a country she admits she knows nothing about but has strong feelings for.

“The United States is the best country in the whole world,” she says, smiling.Vanesa and her mother, Mayra, are part of a group of about 120 Cubans who made a long journey through several Latin American countries before boarding a charter plane in Costa Rica to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, the border town with Laredo, Texas.

The number of Cubans entering the United States nearly doubled last year, compared with the year before. That trend shows no signs of slowing. More Cubans are coming to the United States because they fear that a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations will end a longstanding policy granting legal status to any Cuban national who reaches dry land in the United States.

The Obama administration made some big mistakes in opening this new relationship with Cuba:

1) It did not consult with Congress. It would have been easier to work with Cuba under a bipartisan plan that called for this in exchange for that. For example, we open the embassy if you provide us a plan to take care of U.S. citizens who had their property stolen. Or, we will allow more investment in Cuba if you hold elections or tolerate a free press. Keeping Congress out makes it more difficult to lift the embargo.

2) No one realized in the Obama administration that opening an embassy in Cuba would encourage many to leave to take advantage of the refugee status that Cubans have enjoyed. This is a “refugee” problem that the Obama administration does not need on top of kids showing on the border or Middle East refugees.

So where are we now? We have an embassy in Cuba but people are still trying to leave the island and repression has gotten worse. Didn’t any one in the White House think of this?

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February 29, 2016 at 4:52 am

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Obama trip to Cuba and other US-Latin America stories of the week

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Guests:  Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta’s Blog…….Jorge Ponce, Cuban American columnist……………….we will look at President Obama’s trip to Cuba and the regime’s attacks on dissidents……closing Guantanamo………the 20th anniversary of the shooting of The Brothers to the rescue over the Florida Straits…………Mrs Chapo appears in public and makes some rather amazing statements about her husband………Trump and Mexico paying for the border fence……..plus other US-Latin American stories of the week…..

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Source: Obama trip to Cuba and other US-Latin America stories of the week 02/24 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts

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February 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm

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February 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Cuba, Brazil, Pope in Mexico and other US-Latin America stories

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February 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm