Jeff Flake: Obama’s top Republican ally

In a bit of bad timing, Jeff Flake arrived in Cuba today, one day too late to celebrate dictator Fidel Castro’s 89th birthday. Flake is among a group accompanying Secretary of State John Kerry as the American flag is raised over the U.S. Embassy in Havana for the first time in nearly 55 years.  Barack Obama restored diplomatic relations with the Communist regime July 20, — something Jeff Flake has long advocated.

The deal included the swapping of three Cuban spies held in the U.S. and the return of an American government contractor imprisoned in Cuba. At that time, Jeff Flake was  Obama’s choice to be the only Republican on a “secret flight to Havana” to bring home the jailed American. “I felt like I was in a Tom Clancy novel,” Flake boasted to the New York Times.

On today’s Cuba trip, Flake is once again part of Obama’s contingent of Democrats and administration insiders. On his recent trip to Kenya, accompanying Barack Obama, Flake was the sole Republican among nearly two dozen Democrats. 

Many Republicans oppose the renewed relations, since Cuba has made no moves to improve its human rights record and make other reforms, but is making demands on the U.S.

When what was known as the Bay of Pigs invasion went sour in 1961, Castro used the attack by “Yankee imperialists” to strengthen his grasp in Cuba and build an alliance with the Soviets in the USSR, which included missiles, and the construction of missile bases.  The Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 took place the year Jeff Flake was born and the year preceding Obama’s birth. They have no recollection of the fear produced by warheads aimed at the U.S. from the rogue regime 90 miles off the Florida coast.

When the renewed relations were announced, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) greeted the news with these words: “This entire policy shift announced today is based on an illusion, on a lie, the lie and the illusion that more commerce and access to money and goods will translate to political freedom for the Cuban people. All this is going to do is give the Castro regime, which controls every aspect of Cuban life, the opportunity to manipulate these changes to perpetuate itself in power.” Rubio is the son of Cuban immigrants, who fled the repressive regime during the Communist takeover. 

Rubio has said he will seek to block confirmation of a U.S. ambassador to Cuba until topics, such as outstanding claims for confiscated U.S. properties, the return of U.S. fugitives living in Cuba and political freedom for the Cuban people, are addressed. Members of the Cuban-American congressional delegation also oppose additional funding for the embassy.

Castro is now claiming, “Cuba is owed compensation equivalent to damages, which total many millions of dollars, as our country has stated with irrefutable arguments and data in all of its speeches at the United Nations.”

The Miami Herald reports another cloud over the budding relationship is an estimated $6 billion to $8 billion, in today’s dollars, in 5,913 certified claims by U.S. companies and citizens whose properties were expropriated by Cuba during the early years of the island nation’s revolution.

Communist Cuba champion and Obama advance-man Jeff Flake should be able to fly somewhere with a plane load of Democrats and get this matter resolved.

15 Responses to Jeff Flake: Obama’s top Republican ally

  1. azgary says:

    i wont go as far as saying flake is obamas top republican ally, I believe that position is held jointly between, McConnell and Boehner, after all they are the ones pushing obamas agenda and getting the votes for it.

    I will say the state of arizonas “republican” party and politicians in general is obamas greatest supporting state, we gave Obama McCain, bruce ash the republican amnesty guru, the az congressmen who are all for amnesty, jeff flake, well no need for explanation there, and Robbie mccgraham who will keep perpetuating the sell out.

    but that’s ok, lesser of two evils, party uber alles.

    sad

  2. East Valley Conservative says:

    Jeff Flake reminds me of the street bums holding cardboard signs saying “Will work for food.” If he was holding such a sign it would say “Will fly for Obama.” Besides doing Obama’s bidding in Cuba, Flake is also integral to his dangerous scheme to trust the Muslim fanatics in Iran with nuclear power, placing the entire world in jeopardy It’s an enormous mistake to regard Jeff Flake as a Republican simply because he has an “R” after his name. He’s a Libertarian, but first and foremost he’s a egocentric jerk who will sell out for praise, even if it comes from Obama and is disastrous to U.S. interests.

    Flake is also a known liar who went back on the term limits pledge he made in 2000. Had he kept his word, we wouldn’t be discussing him now. He would have been gone by the end of 2006.

  3. William Heuisler says:

    A little off-subject, but McCain joined hands with ex-Democrat Gabby Giffords the other day. John McCain? Yes. The included link says it all.
    The anti-gun rally with Gabby Giffords and husband is at noon here in Tucson at 3950 S. Country Club.
    Send this hyperlink around to all the pro- 2nd amendment people who think McCain is one of them. You have to apply to attend. They wouldn’t let me in the door… I’m hurt.
    http://action.americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/…/…/VEsH/
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    Americans for Responsible Solutions | Thank Senator McCain Thank Senator McCain John McCain is holding a town hall Tuesday, August 13 at 1 pm in Tucson, AZ. Please fill out this form to let us know that you’ll be attending….
    ACTION.AMERICANSFORRESPONSIBLESOLUTIONS.ORG

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      McCain might just be ‘hard up’ because of the last couple of years he’s had (censure, low popularity ratings, Donald Trump’s thumping and getting away with it), he might be writing off the “crazies” and the ‘hobbits’ who won’t vote for him – so he’s going for the anti-gun crowd. McCain has been anti-gun for years. I remember when he and Joe Lieberman (D-CT) were pushing an anti-gun bill years ago. How in the world does he get away with calling himself a ‘conservative?’ People must not be paying attention. And the ones who know better are laughing.

      • Ajo Joe says:

        This comes directly from the NRA site reporting on the 2009 NRA Convention in Phoenix: : “Sen. McCain thanked the NRA for its endorsement of his candidacy for president and for choosing Phoenix as the site of its 2009 convention “
        He gave the keynote address on the opening day of the convention.

        The NRA actually endorsed Republicrat John McCain, who is no friend of the Second Amendment and never has been. My son and I joined Gun Owners of America the following Monday morning, and then let the NRA know why we were resigning.

        http://www.nraam.org/past-meetings/2009-phoenix-annual-meetings.aspx

  4. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Jeff Flake is with John Kerry today in Cuba raising the American flag in the Communist nation. Jeff Flake is always in the wrong place as far as I’m concerned. He’s been bought by some very powerful forces – more powerful than his Arizona constituents – as he goes against the Republicans who put him in office at every turn.

    Hopefully, voters in this state are paying attention, calling his office and deciding that he’s been too helpful to Obama to re-elect in 2018.

    How is someone with a constant fake, toothy smile, who looks like a 98# weakling, behave so bizarrely and so unafraid. He’s what I would call an anti-American in his defense of Iran and Cuba.

    • Orion says:

      You’re so right! Jeff Flake claims he’s a free market guy, and uses that deceit to oppose economic sanctions. That has been his goal whether in Cuba, South Africa or Iran.

      He puts the interests of Mexico above our own as he has promoted amnesty with McCain, even though he opposed it as he campaigned. Once the votes were counted, all bets were off, and he joined with McCain, two other Republicrats, including Marco Rubio, and four liberal Democrats in the notorious amnesty promoting Gang of 8. Trusting show boater Flake on anything is the height of foolishness.

      The only job he’s held outside of the public trough has been as a Washington lobbyist for an African uranium mine with financial ties to Iran. His connections with Iran are not new which is yet another reason why he’s so useful to Obama.

  5. Army Of One says:

    As he and Obama sell out the U.S. in his caving to Iran, and the freedom loving Cuban Americans in this deal with Communist dictators Castro brothers, John Kerry declared today that the U.S. and Cuba will no longer be “Prisoners of History.” that’s right. We’ll be prisoners of the future. Jeff Flake is appropriately named for his collusion with Obama..

  6. Doc says:

    HOPEFULLY…AZ. voters will remember mcFlake’s bootlicking activities with his mcmaster’s good friend mr. 0-bow-mao…not that any of us here need to be reminded, we were all smart enough to turn our backs on this mcLyin’ hypocrite @ the last election….

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      I wonder if Flake will be in favor of giving Gitmo back to Cuba. That would be the next un-American act.

      • Doc says:

        WOW! THAT’S a bet I won’t be takin’…AND…of course, in true bootlickin’ R.I.N.O. style, he’ll sign on to move th’ islamo-nazis on to American soil…

  7. Strom says:

    The policy for the last 40 years on Cuba has been an expensive failure and was primarily due to big campaign contributors in Florida. I am happy to see us open the door to Cuba.

  8. Strom says:

    Seeing McCain play up to Gabby is for self preservation. McCain loses it will be Gabby or Sinema as Senator.

    • Kent says:

      You sound suspiciously like a past commenter “Small Govt” who kept threatening with Giffords and Sinema as the only alternatives to McCain. Giffords is a severely injured woman who isn’t running for public office and Sinema has announced she is staying put in her CD 9 House seat. Dr. Kelli Ward, a two term state senator and physician is the conservative alternative to McCain. She HAS announced.
      https://kelliward.com/

      As to Cuba, do you purport to know more about living under the communist regime of the Castro brother dictators than the Cubans who fled the oppression?