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Trump Rolls Back Obama’s Feckless Cuba Policy

One of the sickening aspects of Obama’s warped foreign policies was his willingness  to overlook the last 55 years of Castro’s brutal dictatorship, and ‘normalize relations’ with the communist gulag.

Donald Trump is nixing that bullshit and bringing  some common sense back to our foreign policy.

 

From Fox News

President Trump, speaking at a Miami theater associated with Cuban exiles, announced Friday he is nixing his predecessor’s “one-sided deal” with the Communist nation – moving to restrict individual travel to the island, crack down on the flow of U.S. cash to the Cuban military and demand key reforms in Havana.

While stopping short of a full reversal, Trump said he would challenge Cuba to come back to the table with a new agreement.

“Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” Trump told a cheering crowd.

Trump cast his announcement Friday as the fulfillment of a campaign pledge to turn back former President Barack Obama’s diplomatic outreach to the country.

“I keep my promises,” Trump said. “And now that I am your president, America will expose the crimes of the Castro regime.”

A cornerstone of the new policy is to ensure Americans traveling to Cuba only support private businesses and services, banning financial transactions with the dozens of enterprises run by the military-linked corporation GAESA.

The Trump administration also says it will strictly enforce the 12 authorized categories allowing American citizens to travel to Cuba – banning one particular type of travel, known as individual “people-to-people” trips, seen as ripe for abuse by would-be tourists.

Most U.S. travelers to Cuba will again be required to visit the island as part of organized tour groups run by American companies. Obama eliminated the tour requirement, allowing tens of thousands of Americans to book solo trips and spend their money with individual bed-and-breakfast owners, restaurants and taxi drivers. The rules also require a daylong schedule of activities designed to expose the travelers to ordinary Cubans.

Trump focused his speech Friday on the crimes and misdeeds of the Castro government, saying his administration would not “hide from it.” He accused the regime of harboring “cop killers, hijackers and terrorists” while casting the policy changes as meant to encourage a free Cuba.

“With God’s help, a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve,” Trump said.

Critics of the United States’ decades-long freeze – and embargo – with Cuba say it failed to spur such changes, and had welcomed Obama’s outreach as a fresh approach. But many Cuban-American lawmakers recoiled.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a Cuban-American lawmaker who helped craft the new policy, spoke before the president in Miami on Friday and took a shot at Trump’s predecessor for his visit to Cuba last March.

“A year and a half ago … an American president landed in Havana to outstretch his hand to a regime. Today, a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba,” Rubio said.

U.S. airlines and cruise ships will still be allowed to continue service to the island.

The U.S. Embassy in Havana, which reopened in August 2015, will remain as a full-fledged diplomatic outpost. Trump also isn’t overturning Obama’s decision to end the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that allowed most Cuban migrants who made it onto U.S. soil to stay and eventually become legal permanent residents.

Trump affirmed in his speech that the U.S. embassy would remain open, in hopes the two countries can forge a “better path.” But he said his administration would enforce the ban on tourism and the embargo, and would not lift sanctions until the regime releases all political prisoners and schedules free and internationally supervised elections.

Trump also demanded the return of Joanne Chesimard, a New York City native wanted in the 1973 killing of a New Jersey state trooper.

And of course, the leftwing thumb suckers are whining:

Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes tweeted that Cubans “will be hurt by a mean spirited policy” meant to keep a “political promise to a few people at their expense.”

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, said the actions “threaten to slam that door shut and revert to a failed policy of isolation that has done nothing to improve the lives of the Cuban people and has harmed the American economy.”

 

Refusing to imitate Obama’s craven approach to despots is ‘mean spirited’.   Boo fucking hoo.

Cuba didn’t give up damned thing in exchange for the “normalized relations”. Castros’ critics, dissidents, and people who speak out against the regime continue to disappear. Their lives have not improved.  That will happen only if/when the Castro dynasty finally dies out and the communist dictatorship that has strangled Cuba for decades gets kicked out and replaced with democracy.

 

Related posts:

https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/barky-bows-to-cuban-dicators-criticism-of-america-i-personally-would-not-disagree/

https://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/hell-has-a-new-inmate-cuban-dictator-fidel-castro-finally-croaks-at-90/

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Hell Has a New Inmate: Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro Finally Croaks at 90

From Fox News

Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the bearded, cigar-smoking Communist revolutionary who infuriated the United States, inspired both loyalty and loathing from his countrymen and maintained an iron grip on Cuban politics for almost 50 years, died Friday at the age of 90.

Castro, who was the only leader most of his countrymen ever knew, outlasted 11 US presidents since he first took power in 1959.

Castro had been in declining health for years – he continued to spew his anti-American tirades almost until the end.

In October, 2014, Castro reprinted a New York Times editorial in state-run media that argued that the U.S. embargo on Cuba should end. The editorial ran almost verbatim, omitting one line about Cuba’s release of political prisoners.

……He attended Jesuit boarding schools, and developed a love for sports, pitching for El Colegio de Belen’s baseball team. He attended the University of Havana law school, where he joined groups that focused on Cuban nationalism and socialism.

After graduation and now a revolutionary, he took up arms against the government of President Fulgencio Batista, leading a failed 1953 attack on a military barracks in hopes of triggering a popular revolt.

Instead he was captured and at his trial, where he led his own defense, famously predicted “history will absolve me.”

History will record you exactly as you were, a bloody, deranged despot who destroyed his island nation and infested it with communism and poverty.

After spending time in prison, Castro went into exile in Mexico, where he met Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who became his confidante.

Castro established another guerrilla force and after several years of fighting, eventually defeated Batista in 1959, taking control of Cuba at the age of 32.

After being sworn in as prime minister, Castro began a series of reforms, many designed to end US economic power on the island. Relations between the two countries frayed and when Castro visited the US later that year, President Dwight Eisenhower refused to meet with him.

At the same time, Castro’s government began to establish relations with the Soviet Union. In April 1961 Castro formally declared Cuba a socialist state just days before the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion that saw 1,400 Cuban exiles trained by the CIA unsuccessfully attempt to invade and topple his government.

Castro intensified relations with the Soviet Union and in 1962 US reconnaissance planes discovered Soviet missiles on their way to Cuban sites, precipitating a tense standoff between President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

Castro’s bloody legacy:

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The Cuba Archive has credible information on at least 11 cases of forced blood extraction prior to execution. According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of States (OAS) 1967 report regarding the practice at Havana’s La Cabaña prison, an average of seven pints of blood were forcibly taken from prisoners on their way to be executed, causing “cerebral anemia and a state of unconscious paralysis.” (For perspective, the average adult has around 10 pints of blood in their body.) Victims would then be taken to the firing squad on a stretcher.

The Cuban government would then sell the blood to the North Vietnamese for around $50 a pint.

……forced labor camps for conscientious objectors, homosexuals, and other “enemies of the state.”

……the sinking of the 13 de Marzo tugboat, which killed 41 fleeing Cubans, including 10 children.

Even after Castro ceded power to his brother, he still influenced other leftwing dictators  in the hemisphere:

……Castro summed up his views on dissent with a famous 1961 warning to Cuba’s intellectual class that excessive criticism would not be tolerated: “Within the Revolution, everything; outside the Revolution, nothing.”

“There are books that should not have a single issue published, not even a chapter, not a page, not a letter,” Castro said a decade later, adding: “There will be room here now … only for revolutionaries.”

He opened Cuba to a stream of U.S. fugitives, from Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver to financier Robert Vesco, all of whom he said were persecuted Americans.

……Castro also found a new benefactor in Chavez, who directed some of Venezuela’s vast oil wealth into generous deals that bolstered Cuba’s economy.

……Castro survived to see a wave of leftist governments wash across the continent, with some, notably Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, paying him special homage.

 

Cuban exiles in Miami celebrate:

Within half an hour of the Cuban government’s official announcement that former President Fidel Castro had died, Miami’s Little Havana teemed with life — and cheers.

Thousands of people banged pots with spoons, waved Cuban flags in the air and whooped in jubilation on Calle Ocho — 8th Street, and the heart of the neighborhood — early Saturday. Honking and strains of salsa music from car stereos echoed against stucco buildings, and fireworks lit up the humid night sky.

Police blocked off streets leading to Cafe Versailles, the quintessential Cuban American hotspot where strong cafecitos — sweetened espresso — were as common as a harsh word about Fidel Castro.

“Cuba si! Castro no!” they chanted, while others screamed “Cuba libre!”

Celebration, not grief, permeated the atmosphere. That was no surprise. Castro has cast a shadow over Miami for decades, and in many ways, his policy and his power have shaped the city and its inhabitants.

Cubans fled the island to Miami, Tampa, New Jersey and elsewhere after Castro took power in 1959. Some were loyalists of Fulgencio Batista, the president prior to Castro, while others left with the hope they would be able to return soon, after Castro was toppled. He never was.

Many others believed they would not be truly free under Castro and his communist regime. Thousands left behind their possessions, loved ones, and hard-earned educations and businesses, traveling to the U.S. by plane, boat or raft. Many Cubans died on the ocean trip to South Florida. And many never returned to see their childhood homes, their neighborhoods, their playgrounds, their businesses, their cousins and aunts and uncles, because Castro was still in power.

The ones that made it to Miami took a largely, and vehemently, anti-Castro stance.

……But as the Cuban exiles aged, and as Castro outlived them, and as  Obama eroded the embargo and younger Cubans returned to the island, the toast rang silent in many households.

And of course, Enrique Peña Nieto thinks Castro was some kind of humanitarian.

One of the sickening aspects of Obama’s warped foreign policies was his willingness  to overlook the last 55 years of Castro’s brutal dictatorship, and ‘normalize relations’ with the communist gulag.

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On a side note, remember Jimmy Carter’s abject stupidity with the massive 1980 Mariel Boatlift? Fidel Castro released thousands of his worst human excrement to our shores. Thieves, rapists, murderers, pedophiles, and inmates from insane asylums were dumped into our country with devastating results. I was a witness to some of the filth that Castro freed. I was a Buck Sergeant in an Army Reserve unit at the time, at Ft., McCoy, Wisconsin, where they housed some of these “refugees”. We had to keep them in a fortified barracks compound complete with barbed wire, high fences, trenches, armed MPs and guard dogs. They were absolute pigs. Rapes and assaults were a daily occurrence. Believe me, not all of them were political prisoners or dissidents.

Bubba Clinton did his part for relations when he ripped Elian Gonzalez from his chance at freedom and sent him back to be exploited by Castro.

Now that the communist thug has been sent to hell, we’ll see what Cuba does for its future.

Barky Bows to Cuban Dicator’s Criticism of America: ‘I Personally Would Not Disagree’

More disgusting embarrassment on a world-wide scale.

From The Weekly Standard.

Obama said that he “personally would not disagree” with some of Cuban President Raul Castro’s criticisms of America:

“President Castro, I think, has pointed out that in his view making sure that everybody is getting a decent education or health care, has basic security and old age, that those things are human rights as well. I personally would not disagree with him,” Obama said.

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Limp wristed pussy.

 

 

Cuba arrested dozens of human rights protesters and burned copies of the U.N. universal declaration of human rights, hours before Barky’s plane landed.

The Ladies in White, an organization made up of the spouses and family members of various political prisoners in Cuba, is a constant target of brutality by Castro’s goons.

Barky will get the Potemkin Village tour while the citizens in the real Cuba still suffer under oppression.

Obama always follows DemProg protocol and plants a big kiss on the ass of America’s enemies.

Obama is Jimmy Carter redux. He isn’t exactly a force for freedom and democracy in the world. He functioned as a whipping boy for Latin America’s communist thugs during the Fifth Summit of the Americas. He’s a laughing stock. He panders to the despots at the U.N and Islamofascist nation-states.  His world-wide ‘apology tours’ flogged America for the world’s ‘injustices’—real or imagined—and he’s become quite adept at bowing.

Like other failures in Obama’s dicked-up foreign policy, Cuba won’t give up a damned thing in exchange for the “normalized relations”. Castros’ critics, dissidents, and people who speak out against the regime will continue to disappear. Castro’s friendship with Vladimir Putin’s neo-Soviet government is further proof that nothing will change.

The next (Republican) president needs to yank the reins on this out of control groveling.